The hummingbird in this painting by artist JoAnn Fallstone becomes a metaphor for the writing of a piece of prose poetry. Art can inspire words onto paper, adding another layer of meaning to the story the painting already portrays.
The Poet Within
by Carol Mann
A Prose Poem
My inner poet is an exquisite hummingbird,
darting from flower to flower, from sip to sip,
savoring at long last the nectar of a solitary bloom.
She lingers, swoops away, returns, ready to play
with a poetic line. But the words flit and quiver,
fluttering amid scribbles and erasures. Over time,
phrases emerge, shiny and luminescent, to reveal a
white rose’s perfumed scent, the aroma of fresh
lemons, the forlorn oboe of Peter and the Wolf,
a lover’s touch. She flies, seeking multi-hued buds
of perception, to discover flowers of truth and beauty.