Friday, January 10, 2020

Let Art Inspire (Poetry Friday)

I learned about ekphrastic poetry this week.  Ekphrastic poetry is written in response to art.  It was great fun to look and note my observations within the piece of art.  Then Irene Latham encourages us to step outside the art; asking what happened before or after.  I scrolled through my camera roll and found some photos from a trip I had at The Baltimore Museum of Art after NCTE in November.

mother and child
nestled together

warm shades of color
frame the two


a moment to notice
what feels just right

© Mandy E Robek, 2020

This painting is titled, Mother and Child by Pablo Picasso from 1922.  This is the second idea in Poems are Teachers - How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.

Thank you Sally Murphy for hosting Poetry Friday.


  1. Lovely Mandy. I love the way ekphrastic poetry adds to the art.

  2. That's lovely, Mandy. You certainly captured the mood and spirit of the painting in your words.

  3. Hi, Mandy! Glad to see you here. So many wonderful works of art to choose from. If you haven't heard of SPARK you might have fun with that--writing from art, art from writing.

  4. Lovely poem and painting. I love how two art forms can play together?

  5. Love your poem, Mandy. Favorite line: a moment of comforting

  6. Mandy, your poem encouraged me to write a #haikuforhope in response to your lovely poem. It is a fun way to comment (Kevin Hodgson and Margaret Simon did that for me during the week so I am returning the gesture.)
    mother and child
    nestling, feeling life's flow-
    love's endearing tie