Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I saw Mona Lisa in Black & White

Grace @ Everyday Amazing
 Kensington Market, Toronto


her face-   
above the street,
littered with signs & dirt,
reminds pedestrians that ART/ 
ist lives here -

breathes color, ye//ow & ripe
as red papaya in summer-
s h a p i n g  brick walls into  
living canvas, where seeds grow/

e-X-p-l-O-d-i-n-g  
to fruits, 

freely 
BE/
neath the sky-

               

Posted for OpenLinkNight of D'verse Poets Pub ~  Thanks for the visit  ~  Happy day ~ 

78 comments:

  1. Grace love the poem, kind of iffy on the form, probably because I do not understand it.

    "living canvas, where seeds grow"...that is a wonderful thought. Planting art in young minds that go to the market.

    Better than the art of gang signs i am surrounded with that plant thistle seeds.

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    1. Thanks Mark ~ Appreciate your thoughts on my free-wheeling poem ~

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  2. I enjoyed this, Grace, especially the word play! Nice to see art rises about the signs & dirt for ALL to see and appreciate.

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    1. Yes Mary, free for all to see and enjoy ~

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  3. nice....very cool...you know i love street art...and the ART-ist does live here...in the pic and in the words...where seeds grow...it is def a seed in the minds of all that see it...that will grow fruit...

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    1. I was keeping my eye for art everywhere in the street Brian ~ Thanks for the encouragement and support ~

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  4. I love the way you wrote "yellow"...you and Brian ^^ have the most unique poetic styles.

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    1. I am learning from him, Keith ~ Smiles ~

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  5. Color sure shined through, even if black and white was the initial view. Have a fun day at your bay!

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    1. It sure did, but not today though (its winter still) ~ Thanks Pat ~

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  6. Yes art does breathe color... lovely piece, Grace.

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  7. very cool...love what you did with ye//ow and the ART/
    ist who lives in the streets...love when art just jumps upon us during everyday life

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  8. Beautiful thought in your poem ... I hope the dust is cleaned sooner than later !!!

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  9. I love this because art is everywhere. Awesome!

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  10. Thoughtful, observant, and creative. Beautiful.

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  11. I love everything about this, the artwork itself makes me smile, and you captured it perfectly... living canvas where seeds grow, yes.

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  12. What an eye opening burst of color! I need this now as everything is still very much monochromatic in NH

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  13. love this
    fruit explosion
    and I too wrote of fruit today ;-)

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  14. Love this... you've nailed the use of punctuation. Wow! I particularly like the last stanza, freely BE! ;)

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  15. Wonderful! I tested it out, reading through without the pic to see if it stood alone and it does: Although I like the pic, too, I liked what I associated with the title and a burst of art on the street un-illustrated. And what a riot of punctuation! No wonder your essay today was so right-on and inquisitive.

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  16. Your freestyle form works for me...I think it mimics the flashes of ideas and inspiration that must dart through the artist's mine while in the process of creation, as it did, of course, for your creation. Nice job. No need to visit back--no post for me this week.

    Steve

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  17. explosively colorful. i like your use of loose letters and the way your line breaks and spaces give this poem character.

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  18. When I was a docent and we showed Warhol, I used to get the kids to talk about art that we can find in everyday life...like supermarket displays etc. Good example of this.

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  19. That's about how I feel about most graffiti. Unless it destroys existing art or defaces aesthetically pleasing architecture, it usually pours life and humanity into otherwise sterile or industrially infectious urban landscapes.

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  20. Grace..enjoyed the poem and the presentation was abstract like art...creative fun..it is free for one's interpretation.

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  21. Love how the words are broken up and played with ... awesome write, honey :)

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  22. Playing with words like this reminds me of a violinist playing jazz. Some do not "understand", they say...but EVERYONE enjoys!

    ...and what about "enjoying" is there to not understand?
    Thank you for charming description of your mental reverie.

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  23. I love street art, and your words compliment it so well.

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  24. Love the image and poem! Love the living canvas.

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  25. Amazing piece and I love what you were able to create from such an interesting street art.

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  26. This just breathes! Love it. Great combination image and words.

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  27. Fun read, I love the way you played with the words visually to tell the story.

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  28. You brought the art to life. Great write.

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  29. "her face" is a great way to start this poem. It's so instantly recognisable that your opening line fits perfectly. This is an amazing piece of artwork, and your poetic response really does it justice :)

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  30. Love the idea of a living canvas exploding into fruit - yummy words!

    Anna :o]

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  31. Love the line breaks, Grace, makes for an interesting read.

    Pamela

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  32. My dear, Grace. I love the voice, the change in presentation in this piece. The short lines, no wasted words, sharpe images, crisp sound. By far the poem of yours I have been more impressed with in skill, art, and presentation. An artist does live here - YOU!

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    1. You are one of my best commentators ~ Thanks for the big encouragement and smiles Henry ~

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  33. HA..can see why this great piece of art inspired a poem. Mona eating a banana is almost as good as the Branksy one where she is mooning her bottom:)Your word placememnt, punctuation is sort of an art exercise in itself.Enjoyed.

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    1. Funny, but I wanted to include the banana somewhere but couldn't find the space for it ~ Thanks Cressida ~

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  34. Very expressive, visual and the voice, Grace; I'm noticing punctuation today..your commas and dashes are just right ;)

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  35. Loved the word-play in this! Truly great stuff =)

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  36. I like to see you playing with the letters as well as the words. Adds an extra dimension.

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  37. Unique line breaks. I love the idea of art bursting out freely in colors and words. The Mona Lisa is intriguing, so enigmatic. A creative poem, Grace, and perfect photo :)

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  38. I suspect you had fun writing this. And you ARE an artist!
    K

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    1. Yes, most fun Kay ~ Thanks for the lovely words ~

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  39. I like the S h a p i n g and juicy feel of this poem.

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  40. Funny I never thought of the Mona Lisa and fruit going together, still freedom of expression is the beauty.

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  41. Very nice. Love your style, the way you write feels really original to me. Great imagery. Mixing black and white and a splash of color (ful fruit) is always a fun concept :)

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  42. I like your description here. Gives a beautiful visual.

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  43. Nice mixing it up! Very Artsy I'de say and different from your other poems. Kudos to black n white n color.

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  44. Wonderful, Grace. For a moment, I thought I was on Brian's blog...your wordplay and punctuaction reminded me of his...or Claudia's...which I love. It adds fun to what you've written...really enjoyed.

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  45. I like this a lot! Makes me feel like eating some fresh fruit right now :)

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  46. As you know, I adore ekphrastic poetry - a poetic response to art from a different medium, a painting, mural, photograph. This one is as delightful as the piece of art that inspired it, awash in colourful wordplay and punctuative magic, marking a magical departure from the humdrum of our everyday lives.

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  47. e-x-p-l-o-d-i-n-g // that says it all! love your experiment with punctuation, I'm inspired to try my own sometime! ~peace, Jason

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  48. Nice work Grace! Enjoyed the way you explored this style.

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  49. Art is indeed often all around us, and sadly more often overlooked

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  50. Oh. Thank you, Lord, for art to brighten things up for us. art:humans::flowers:God. Dontcha think? Thank you for sharing. :)

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  51. Enjoyed reading this...thank you ☺
    Peace
    Siggi

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  52. ...Grace i like the experimental vibe here... you piece, to me, is like a delicious mix of cinquain, haiku & tanaga... all together in such an appealing way... i have been thinking of Mona Lisa this late and thought of writing something about her & her mystic gesture but until now i can't find the right words & courage to animate such an immortal piece... loved it... smiles...

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  53. I'm enjoying the way you wrote this. I felt like the style was trying to tell me something extra about the words.

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  54. Ha! I thought you slipped into German when your break put "ist" in the 5th line.
    You frolicked with punctuation for sure!
    Great graffiti -- fun mix
    Love your experimental spirit, Grace!

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  55. Doubly wonderful. 1/ The fact of the happening, and 2/ your take on it. Stuff like this should happen more often! Thanks.

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  56. the old with the new... something to think about since nothing changes under the sun

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  57. I love the poem, Grace, but the presentation - not so much. It's probably more to do with the fact that this is not your usual style of presentation than anything else. However, given the experimentation at my place this week, I can't really criticise too strongly - in fact I applaud you for it. If we don't try new things, we never grow.

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  58. Nice words inspired by an iconic image. I once traveled to Paris just to see Mona Lisa's smile. It was well worth it.
    Cheers,
    Mark Butkus

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  59. I love your word play here, Grace. It was like a visual roller coaster that took my mind on an adventure. Very well done. As always, thank you!

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  60. Nice Job Grace~ I loved how you showed off the fruits by your word play in 'explosion.' It really brought out the image in the Mona Lisa painting. I haven't written my poem yet but it's on it's way. Happy Open Link Night.

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  61. Pedestrians need reminding, and we all need to look up and find what Art is saying, wherever it is. Great images here.

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  62. I'm taken by black and white counterparts and simple stark realities, they allow the brain great capacity to color their emotions, their world, and your poetry's exactness in diverse reality is courageously beautiful !

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  63. lovely images - (great punctuation) - a lot of wonderful observant energy. k.

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  64. Art is everywhere for those who see...like this alot :)

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  65. art.. and ripe as red papaya beautiful image and oh so true...i love murals and the mona lisa....she deserves to be large as she is so small..thank you

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  66. I didn't get the form of the poem and some of the unusual letters :), but I did like the images in it, Grace

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