Paint Box

Screenshot 2014-09-02 12.32.01my travel sketching kit
by Claudia Schoenfeld



All those colors
make her want to
sketch, stretch her muse
and etch her own
skin in brighter hues.

She gets that itch,
but she’s stitched
of finer-pointed
things, thinner
word-led thread.

So she still
picks up her quill
and scribbles poems,

Prompted by an awesome sketch by Claudia Schoenfeld, linked over at dVerse.






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27 Responses to Paint Box

  1. brian miller says:

    etch her own skin in brighter hues…smiles…like that line…
    and i wonder how many poets are artists as well…or play music…
    the arts tend to come in pairs and multiples it seems….
    i have dabbled in music and art myself….

  2. Mary says:

    I do think that sketching can help stretch a person’s muse. They are related, one to another. The scribbling and the etching go hand in hand!

  3. I love those internal rhymes.. — I find a community of poets who have all kind of side interests and professions.. that is one of the more interesting part of the world today.

  4. claudia says:

    smiles… yes.. poetry are the fine lines and finest shades that are difficult to do with watercolors… love the skin in bright hues…ha… love that there are so many arts to express ourselves… i used to sew a lot when the kids were small… that was art to me as well

  5. I used to draw when I was 12. My thing was anime… was writing raps back then, too; they were awful but… it all lead me to the path of poetry. I think writing can go hand in hand with just about any form of art… Like bri said, art def comes in pairs

  6. Gabriella says:

    I started writing first, sketching came next. There are many similarities between the two processes.

  7. Abhra says:

    Wow, did you actually write that for Claudia? smiles – loved your poem.

  8. Grace says:

    You have captured that itch..whether sketching or writing poems ~ Enjoyed the tight verses ~

  9. ayala says:

    You did a fine job capturing the itch. Claudia is truly an artist. Enjoyed your words.

  10. Misky says:

    I really love this!


  11. Susan says:

    Clever, and maybe not so either/or as the paining itself depicts–colors on one side words on the other.

  12. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    This makes me smile. And I love your clever rhyming.

  13. Poeting and sketching… what could be better?

  14. margaret says:

    sketching, “scribbling”. Definitely “stretching” the muse. Nicely done.

  15. mood wings says:

    Man, you are flipping ON today! Your muse must be some kind of splash-happy. Good for you, girl! You, and your painty poems, rule.

  16. Truedessa says:

    That muse needs to be stretched, whether it be sketched or etched or even written with a fine point. Enjoyed reading this poem.

  17. It’s “word-led thread” for me definitely! I am not so handy with real thread.
    So happy for your scribbling!

  18. So nicely done De, excellent take on the image. Enjoyed your words.

  19. Bodhirose says:

    Either way…poem or sketch…we know we’ll get something great. It’s nice to have multiple outlets of creativity…if we’re lucky. Really like this!

  20. Sumana Roy says:

    “sketch, stretch her muse
    and etch her own
    skin in brighter hues”……the words really speak volumes…..lovely lines

  21. MarinaSofia says:

    A very sing-able, recite-out-loud kind of poem, I love the internal rhymes.
    And I do, do, do wish I could sketch or have any other talents, but all I can do is use those poor, inadequate words and give an approximation of what I mean…

  22. She will be so flattered, with your write it is so pleasant and such light reading and joyful too.

  23. rmp says:

    ooh..I like this. sometimes I wouldn’t mind sketching my skin in brighter hues…

  24. peggygoetz says:

    I like that you picked this picture. I enjoyed your reflection!

  25. Claudia’s poems are like water colour paintings as well.Words and pictures…great combo!

  26. bostonpoetry says:

    Perfect rhyme scheme written along to a great piece. Thanks for sharing. =)

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