Margaret has talents for writing poetry and making poetry friends. A few weeks ago, Margaret announced a poetry-photograph swap. I joined and shortly after received two photos from Kim Douillard.
Kim and I live on opposite coasts of the US and in areas that are iconic. It was really fun to take inspiration from her photos and I cannot wait to see what she's done with mine.
I sat with Kim's photos and let the ideas play around in my head for a bit...then poems showed up.
The first is of the flower fields with the Encina Power Plant in the background—iconic images from Carlsbad. Kim Douillard
I'm taking a tip from Alice Nine and writing a little bit about my writing. When I first looked at this photo I was challenged because despite the gorgeous field of flowers, palm trees and Pacific Ocean there is that big ole power plant smack dab in the middle. After some doodling and brain storming the phrase "flower power" rather took over. Ha!
|Sun setting behind a lifeguard tower last week at South Ponto beach—also in Carlsbad. Kim Douillard
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(c) Linda Mitchell
Writing about my writing--A sunset photo can be intimidating. After all, hasn't everything that can be written already been written about sunsets? When I feel intimidated I grab a form that helps me puzzle out an idea. The Skinny is a form that demands brevity. This series of three Skinny (or is that Skinnies?) allowed for me to write what I saw in a new way.
Thank you Margaret Simon, for continuing to widen my friendship and poetry circles.