In my little village, art is highly valued and might be found anywhere.  Years ago, the painting below was on display at our local pizza parlor, part of a small art show.  Something about it spoke to me, and it was inexpensive, so I bought it.  I later learned the artist was a student in junior high.  It was the first piece she’d ever sold and she was elated.  Knowing that made it positively priceless.  To this day, that dandelion painting hangs above my desk, a testament to everyday beauty and a reminder that it’s never too early (or late) to indulge the creative self.

So I chose to make it the subject of an EKPHRASTIC poem.  These are vivid descriptions inspired or stimulated by a work of art, most often a painting or sculpture.  Additionally, the poet may use her imagination
to narrate, reflect, or otherwise amplify or expand upon its meaning.


drift over the border
of a square blue world
devoid of breeze,
remaining aloft
on the singular power
of a fervent wish

Riding high on
the hopes and dreams
of a fledgling artist
whose stiff brush
dances across
her canvas trampoline

Amateur fingers
tracing the wild shape
of serendipity
visible only
to audacious believers
willing to imagine it


Here is another, a “wishful” triolet from last fall:


A dandelion gone to seed
can color spring with yellow
Packaged cleverly, indeed
A dandelion gone to seed
Make a wish and set it free
Aloft and soft and mellow
A dandelion gone to seed
can color spring with yellow


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  1. Lennon Carlyle April 9, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Both the painting and the poem are beautiful!

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    • Just Joan April 9, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Lennon. I didn’t learn the artist’s story until months after I’d bought the painting. That young lady was serious about her art; it was done in acrylics on a canvas stretched on a wooden frame. I loved that she (like me) saw beauty in the lowly dandelion, and those little tufts just look so joyous and free! 🙂

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  2. T. Wayne April 9, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Love the painting and the poem. I like how you incorporated the painting, the subject of the painting, the artist, and those who would look at the painting.

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    • Just Joan April 9, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks, T Wayne. When I look at the painting, I imagine the artist blowing on the dandelion puff, then watching the tufts float away… locking that picture in her mind. I also imagine her jumping up and down when she learned that her art had made a connection with someone who was willing to pay for her talent and skill. 🙂


  3. chevvy8 April 9, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Hello Joan, I hope you are doing well. I feel like that fledgling artist in many ways – My world internally and externally feels like those floating tufts in a stagnant world but at least there is movement. A lovely tribute on the one hand and a great provocation to those of who would call ourselves artists – that calling from deep within. When I get back to writing, I’d like to experiment with your poetry forms😀

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    • Just Joan April 9, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      So glad to see you here, Chevvy! The tufts are between worlds… reinventing themselves, you might say. Maybe that’s the reason I connected with the painting. I wish you respite from life’s chaos and a soft landing in a nurturing place where your unique talents can fully blossom. Keep writing, if only for yourself. Right now, I am experimenting with the CINQUAIN, a form I found on another WP blog. It is similar to Haiku, but with 5 lines and syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2. 🙂

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      • chevvy8 April 9, 2017 / 12:59 pm

        Well I’m definitely in the right place then – between and among the tufts.I will send a note when I can. I’ve done the CINQUAIN before, I remember enjoying them. Thank you so much for your good wishes Joan. It is indeed a respite I need at the moment. Nevertheless, will chat soon.🌹

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    • Just Joan April 9, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Thanks, Marissa. This purchase was definitely a win-win, for me and for the artist. Kids need the arts; I’m always glad to see yours actively making music with the Cheesebergens. 🙂


  4. Peter Klopp April 9, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Support the artist young or old and the art will flourish. I also like the dandelion painting of the Junior High artist and your poem that expresses your feeling so well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Peter. Artists must support one another. If I started a young artist on her way by buying that painting, YIPPEE! It was a must-have; my soul saw her soul reflected on that canvas. Glad that came through in the poem. 🙂

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  5. L. T. Garvin, Author April 10, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    What a talented art student! I can picture her so excited that her painting sold. Gorgeous art and poems to complement. Now I long to step into a meadow covered in wildflowers. Thanks for sharing, Joan!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 10, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Lana. I think of that little girl often and hope she is still painting, living the dream. Dandelions are popping up everywhere around here. I love it when people forego the ChemLawn and just leave them alone–food for the bees now, and puffs to make wishes on later. 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author April 12, 2017 / 12:16 pm

        I love it when folks ditch the chemicals too, Joan. Our poor bees are not thriving 😦 Students inspire me everyday. I hope they can all find a dream to latch onto.

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  6. K E Garland April 11, 2017 / 8:47 am

    What a nice, carefree feeling image. You’ve written an equally wonderful poem to go with it. And of course, I love it when art inspires art 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 11, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thanks, KE! Art connects us in a way few other things can. If art inspires us to see, feel, understand, imitate or respond, it has done its job. 🙂

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