Poetry in Motion

Photo by Glenn A. Buttkus

Like a ship’s maidenhead


for a machine on wheels,

she is poised

for action,

knees bent like those

of a diver,

gracefully streamlined

in art nouveau design.

She is, seemingly,

a type of female Mercury,

a goddess of speed,

wings tilted upwards

as well as her chin,

holding forth a


as though the wind

will turn it.

Though frozen

and still

in sculpted metal,

she is full

of motion.

© Susan Joy Clark 2021

This poem was written for a dVerse Poetics challenge, where we were challenged to choose one of 12 minimalistic photos by Glenn A. Buttkus for poetic inspiration. Glenn is a poet who contributes to dVerse challenge and also has a site for his minimalistic photography.

Cup of Joy, #Magnetic Poetry

Photo by Yeh Xintong on Unsplash
© Susan Joy Clark 2021

I had to do a bit of manipulating with different sets of words to get this one, selecting words that appealed to me the most. I thought it might end up being a tribute to ice cream (maybe coffee ice cream,) but I could not get any dairy words. Sigh. It was only a matter of time before I wrote an “ode” to coffee.