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.

Into and Out of the Blue, #Paint Chip Poetry

Photo by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash

So, here is another paint chip poetry challenge from Linda Kruschke. We were challenged to use 10 out of 15 of these paint chip colors from the picture below in a poem form of our choice. My last and only other time using this prompt, I only had to choose two. This seemed much more challenging, but it can’t be harder than magnetic poetry, can it?

I look in your eyes,

deep pools of blue,

reflecting clear skies

just before the rain,

and suddenly,

out of the blue,

my gray world

has turned technicolor,

and I’m on the

yellow brick road,

lined with sunflowers

and watermelon vines,

soaking in the sunshine;

my universe somersaulted —

a total eclipse.

© Susan Joy Clark 2021

Photo by Akshay Nanavati on Unsplash

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.