No Match

The music
of your tongue is sweet,
yet I re
main unmoved, quite resistant
to the tiresome songs

you string with
vague glittering charm.
A flashy
can be pleasant, amusing–
but rapidly fades

into the
redundancy of
old news.—May I direct you
this way, to the door?

Colleen provided the above painting, Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent, as an ekphrastic prompt this week for Tanka Tuesday. Bjorn’s prompt at dVerse to use an AI tool had me consulting the Random Word Generator–I realized Jane had not posted one this week, so I generated the words below to choose from.

It led me in a direction I would not have thought of on my own, which is the point I think.

As to the collage–as you may have read in a previous post, I’m in the process of archiving all of my art–50+ years of it. This has led to quite a few surprises. It seems I did a group of abstract door collages in 1983–who knew? Not me, that’s for sure. The colors of this one work well with Sargent’s painting I think.

41 thoughts on “No Match

  1. It’s a clever and unexpected way of leading from a scrutiny of character to the showing to the door. I can imagine those inner thoughts going through the head of the lady in the portrait. And AI didn’t do a jot of the writing.

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  2. this amalgamated trio is charming and delightful – the poem mirrors Lady Agnew’s ‘vague glittering charm’ so well – a great reworking of the random words but also the collage is very striking in its apparent simplicity of shape and form

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    1. Thanks Laura. It’s a wonderful painting to work with. As to the collage–it’s really been eye-opening to see how different what I did then is from what I do now.


  3. I love your piece of art. I’m joining the 100-day project on IG and I’m doing abstract art, playing with colour and words. Your poem is lovely, it really seems that she was fed up with someone.

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        1. I’ve got some words, will post later after my daughters leave. Firefox wouldn’t let me even use WordPress at all for months which is why I went back to Chrome. If Norton warned me, I would take it seriously, but Chrome warned me not to use Gmail the other day–I already know it’s now wise, but I made my bargain with them long ago. Of course as soon as I reloaded, it worked…anyway, I had no warnings or requests to sign in so far at the random word generator.

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  4. I can see what I saw in her, but I can also see what you saw in her. Knowing she was ill and died young it makes sense she felt her time was more valuable than suffering fools lightly. It has to be exciting going through your archives. I like how you used the AI word generator, which really opens up the options for writing.

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    1. Thanks Jade. There has been a wide variety of emotional interpretations for this painting, which shows how good it is. I wrote another very different one, which I’ll probably post eventually. I often use random words as a prompt for writing–the juxtapositions of the words suggest different ideas and gets me out of my normal trains of thought, which tend to be repetitive.

      It’s really interesting to see all this old work again. There is some that I absolutely remember, but most of it is a mystery–and some of it is not very good. The thing that is most confounding is how much of it there is.

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