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.
Absolutely beautiful. We are so fortunate that here in the desert, we see them every day….from our kitchen window.
Thank you, Rachel. Hummingbirds are elegant, beautiful little creatures! So glad they “visit” us!
Thank you, Cyndy. A moment of whimsy!