Autumn (after Joan Mitchell)

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I am startled by silence
appearing suddenly, grey, tangled, dense–
all color has fallen away,
hanging by whispers to sharp edges and desolation.

I reach for wind–
carry me to fields where sun
returns blue to sky,
calls trees to green.

The NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 18 was to take lines from a poem (backwards, from last to first) and write a response to each line to make your own poem.  Since I have been using the art of Joan Mitchell as inspiration this month, I was pleased to find that she had published a poem, “Autumn”, in Poetry Magazine.  You can read it here.


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17 responses to “Autumn (after Joan Mitchell)”

  1. Sharon Mann says :

    Warmer days will come, I like how you have placed the light orange at the top of your totem…hopefulness.

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  2. clayandbranches says :

    Love the imagery, the incantation! The fallen color hanging by whispers to sharp edges is an amazing image.

    By the way, Joan Mitchell was ten years old when she wrote the source poem. I’m just… speechless.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    You have done a wonderful job with this prompt, creating something that is so you and unique at the same time.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jodi says :

    something so very inviting about this piece of art to me….


  5. LuAnne Holder says :

    Great use of the Day 18 prompt. I thought that one was fun to play with. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. thelonelyauthorblog says :

    This was so good. Inspired by the prompt. Well done.

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