Midweek Poetry: The House of White & Green by daintydora

July's creative challenge with my fabulous #blogsister Karen at Leaf & Petal is a slice of midweek poetry inspired by the following image: Midweek Poetry: White Walls, Green Door

It was my pick and not my usual style.

I think it appealed to me as it reflects back the beauty and simplicity of white, of clean and minimalist lines. And I love the colour green for all its connotations of vitality, leafy vegetables, purity, nature, the environment, and my minty green sewing machine.

The rough stones put me in mind of a beach-front home in a faraway rural town.

A beach cottage. Carefree days and clean living, refreshing sleep and walks along the beach on cold days when the wind punches you in the face so hard you can't breathe.

That was my starting point anyway. And then I played about with the words and came out with something altogether darker:


The House of White and Green


The house of white and green:
one window, one door
frames sealed tightly
perfect, pristine
concealing a chaos
that no-one will see.


Clean, sharp, stark
a lonely echo
at the end of the street,
prisms of light
beautiful, serene and
criss-cross patterns
of deep emerald green.


But -
behind those curtains,
frilly and white?
contrasting and bilious
in the bright morning light:
rigid white walls,
restrictively tight
no space to breathe
in the dark of the night.


White walls, green lines,
caged like a bird,
hanging precarious
at the edge of the world.


A lonely echo
perfect, pristine;
all tied together in
a beautiful dream.


Read Karen's poem in response to this image. And see what we did last month.

Having a creative buddy to share challenges with and spur each other on is great fun and highly motivating. What will we do next month?!


Midweek Poetry: The Voyage by daintydora

VOYAGE - what a great prompt for the second creative poem and collage challenge between myself and super-collager Karen of Leaf & Petal. This time, I was inspired to get to grips with the beautiful vintage typewriter that my husband restored for me a year or so ago to incorporate the words of the poem into the collage, similar to the writing-on-masking-tape technique I used last month.

Sitting at the typewriter with its high keys and beautiful mechanical form, I felt like I was channeling famous authors and writers I admire - Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Hemingway - but also a bit Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote!

'The Voyage' Poem & Collage'The Voyage' Poem & Collage

The initial inspiration for both the poem and collage were taken from the image of the pearly ship that I saw in a magazine. Then came the dress.

Immediately I was thinking of stow-aways and sea urchins set adrift, jellyfish and The Water Babies, mermaids, water nymphs and sirens slipping between shimmering waves of blue and green...

Here's my poem (slightly illegible in places in the typewritten version):

The Voyage
Stowed away in a pearly place
I counted blessings like diamonds
peering unseen
through cracks to the sea.
Fish slip-scent roiling in my lungs
briny slime
crushing fears
fancies glinting
seeping possibility;
of pirates & faraway islands &
a halo in my hair
seeded with pearls -
my lustrous green freedom.

Now check out Karen's interpretation of 'VOYAGE' in her collage and poem.

Last month we interpreted the theme of 'Tea Time'.

Meanwhile, Karen is also taking part in #the100daysproject - she has chosen #100daysofpaper while I am still loving my first foray into Haiku poetry with #100daysofhaiku.

Poetry and paper/collage = the perfect creative collaboration!