Thursday, March 22, 2007

Poetry Thursday: Images

This week's prompt at Poetry Thursday was to be inspired by an image.
Once again, I've been pretty busy (looking forward to a break at Easter), so I pulled a poem out of my files. This poem was inspired by a Picasso painting which you can find here (you will need to scroll down the page).

Seated Woman with Fish Hat

after Picasso

I'm sitting here with a turbot on my head
This is ridiculous
I hope it's finished soon
Even with the lemon on top,
This fish is starting to stink.
That fellow - Pablo something-or-other -
Calls himself an artist - Hah!
He's given me two eyes on the same side of my face
Like a flounder
Doesn't know a front view from a profile
If he's an artist, I'll eat my hat

More image-inspired poetry here


Crafty Green Poet said...

That's fun to read! I took ages to even begin to understand Picasso's paintings so can i relate to the narrator here.

Dave said...

Love it!

Regina said...

Hee hee! I'm with her!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Funny poem! Funnier picture--she looks like the fish is beginning to smell...

Anonymous said...

I don't understand Pablo what's his name, but the poem is very funny. :)

Norma said...

I laughed out loud. I've often wondered what his models (lovers) must have been thinking.

paris parfait said...

Well done - your clever poem made me laugh!

Kimberley McGill said...

I had a good laugh, thanks for that!

Kay Cooke said...

That's really good - swift and sure and funny. Lovely! I love Picasso but I can guess that the subjects he painted could well think thoughts like those you've put into this one's head.

gautami tripathy said...

Very witty! I read it aloud!


Matthew said...

this is a fun poem, indeed. and, if you don't mind, i chose it to be today's poem of the day over at The Daily.

good stuff, catherine. poem on.

Tammy Brierly said...

LOL I loved the poem from the models voice :)

Anonymous said...

I like the critique of normativity here, the way the woman feels ridiculous in her portrait sitting, with its product because it outside the norm, it defies convention, and it unsettles her.

"Doesn't know a front view from a profile
If he's an artist, I'll eat my hat"

Quite humorous, this poem.

What would she say if she sat for Man Ray or came across Barroness Elsa Von Freytag Loringhoven? I perish the thought.

jillypoet said...

Great idea to write from the model's point of view. I love that painting, as do my elementary art students!

Rethabile said...

I love the poem. It's very light and bouncy, and fun. Great.

Deb R said...

Oh, this is wonderful, Catherine! Have you seen the prompt for next week? Your poem in the voice of Picasso's model fits the next prompt perfectly! You must be psychic. ;-)