Garden art, or: Lost in high weeds

Poetry Partners #159

‘Metal Pets’, a photograph (above) and ekphrastic series of kimo poems by Marsha Ingrao of ‘Always Write’

Eyes pleading to adopt soldered bodies
No rhyme to their color scheme
No purpose or service

Standing close, begging - take all three of us
a bird, cat, and centipede
Natural enemies

Stand together in solidarity
Decorations, toys for kids
You won't be sorry. Please?

"Tweaked nose, scuffed paint, one twisted antenna,"
says one prospective buyer
"A bug with what uses?"

"A cat that's a planter or wheelbarrow?"
"Will his legs collapse with weight?"
"He's so scratched and dented."

"The bird can't stand straight and its wing is bent."
"Is it a watering can?"
"He might scare birds and pests."

"I think I'll take the gnarly bunch of them.
There's potential for my yard.
My wife will find a place."

A limerick by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

"Vince is such an impetuous guy,"
thought Marsha with heavy inner sigh,
"but if bird, cat, centipede
get 'lost' in distant weeds,
no one need see his daft, impulse buy!"

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


List of Poetry Partners

36 thoughts on “Garden art, or: Lost in high weeds”

  1. David, Vince and I had a great laugh over your response. You have such a great sense of humor. BTW, we didn’t buy the little guys, though if we still had our acre in CA, we probably would have. There aren’t enough weeds in our condo patio. LOL! Thanks so much for publishing my poem. I’ll add a link to my Wednesday post. It’s perfect for the topic, “belly laugh!”

          1. Last night I was thinking about maybe restarting Story Chat, but instead of one a month, do it like you have done poems. The other idea I had was a Poetry Partner Franchise where other poets start up their own partnerships based on your model. I think what you’ve done is brilliant! I definitely want to interview you on my blog!!!

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