2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I hope you’re having a good month. I’ve already written more poems this month than in the previous three! And I’ve still got nearly a month’s worth of writing ahead of me!

For today’s prompt, pick a painter, make him or her the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible painters include Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, or Pablo Picasso. Of course, you don’t have to go with the big names. You can use more obscure painters or more contemporary ones. For instance, I love the work of Judith Peck and Aaron Bir.


Poem Your Days Away!

Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

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Here’s my attempt at a Painter Poem:

“M.C. Escher”

His black & white prints were so precise
you’d think he had no poetic heart,
but he saw the world through special eyes
that could turn precision into art
or fish into birds, up into down–
what you first find is not what you’ve found.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He loves using art to prompt poems. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

381 thoughts on “2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

  1. AvatarNoreen Snyder

    My Man

    Give him paper,
    pen, or pencils, or crayons;
    my man will draw
    that will make your jaws
    drop in awe.
    He’s that good!
    You never know what he will draw next.
    He started drawing when he was a kid
    and started again after his major stroke.
    He’s not a famous painter
    but he could of if he had a chance.

    (C)April 4 and 16, 2019
    Noreen Snyder
    In memory of my loving husband, my Teddy Bear Darling, Garry who passed away on January 18, 2019

  2. AvatarAnyapadyam

    Leonid Afremov

    ‘Scapes, of land and sea
    Joyful and radiant, they can be
    Animated art work touches,
    While his palette knife brushes.

    Inspired by impressionism,
    Of his talent, there’s no schism.
    The intent is accessible art,
    Colors and textures play their part.

    Philosophy of simplicity,
    Artistic freedom, seeking specificity.
    Brilliance isn’t a thing of the past.
    Living illustrations continue to last.

  3. AvatarShennon

    Van Gogh

    Now gather round children
    As I bestow
    The tragic tale
    Of Vincent Van Gogh

    A man who painted
    A man who scoffed
    He fell in love
    Then cut his ear off

    The moral found
    Within this tale
    If you give love
    Expect it to fail


  4. Avatarstaceyrasfeld


    The painter inside me is elusive
    I tease her out
    promise her endless days at the easel
    then procrastinate and use her time for trivialities.

    She is loyal if mercurial
    sometimes when I’ve managed to carve out space to honor her,
    she dallies—
    tempting my inner eye with succulent visions that I struggle to bring into the light.

    She is kind at unexpected moments—
    on a dreary morning she wakes me early
    leading me to pen and ink and paper
    revealing a wonder beneath my fingers

    Other days
    my work is stalled and stale and still.

    we dance,
    we tussle,
    we grab inspiration from the colored visions of others
    send out a quiet thank you for these blasts of encouragement.

  5. AvatarLinda Hatton

    Greg Dubuque

    He can blindside
    your mind, breathe
    dragons & magic
    into any dreary
    life. He’s got an eye
    for detail. He’ll right your
    left side, then do away
    with logic. He’s got fire
    in his fingers, liquid
    on his palette. You’ll side
    with his right to sweet-talk
    using paint & canvas.

    -Linda G. Hatton
    [Here is a link to Greg’s work: http://gregdubuque.com/. He has created some incredible pieces for me such as the cover photo of my Facebook page.]

  6. Avatarjreynoldjones

    Van Gogh

    Turbulence shapes the eddies in the
    Flowers out by Lindale where clear
    Wind rolls raindrops off
    Too many options and they fall
    Too fast for me to measure
    Each one’s impact on the surface
    Of a puddle like the puddled
    Skin of wrinkles at the corners of
    Your eyelids as your eyes turn
    Up and those lids stay
    Round and bright, sending messages like
    Raindrops in our glances,
    Me to you and
    You to me and
    Me to you and
    After all we’re
    Searching but I
    Can’t paint this
    Turbulence in the
    Clarity between us like
    Van Gogh could.

  7. Avatarnansghosh

    Mona Lisa
    Mona Lisa hangs at our entrance,
    Looking graciously at every staring face!
    The folds of her dress so remarkably alive,
    I can almost feel them flirtingly Jive.
    Her gaze so mesmerizingly strong,
    That they carry her beholder,
    Away to the ruins & boulder,
    From where she seems to rise!

  8. AvatarDsistersdiaries


    If ever I fall in love
    I’ll seek for a man who’s sincere enough
    Someone who will never make me sad
    To give all my favors
    And understand my demands
    For my recent love didn’t last
    It was a relationship that was never rebust
    I just consider those memories as part of my past
    Because pains and heartaches were all I’ve got
    Perhaps I’ve outgrown my innocence
    Having a commitment to someone else
    For the meantime my heart should take a rest
    And wait for the time until I
    I meet the right man.

  9. AvatarYolee

    Van Gogh

    How many times did you watch her from the Rhone
    embankment as she sipped on sparkly
    attention and first dates at the terrace
    where her laughter whirled among the stars?

    Was she your code word for home
    in your rental rooms at the yellow house?

    Did the red vineyard borrow shades
    of her hair and you hoping
    to catch her scent like a cold
    in your chest and head?

    Did the scarcity of unrequited love
    leave you wanting like potato eaters
    whom labored much with little returns?

    Did blue irises adopt the light
    of your eyes that could touch
    a field of hope when she would
    join you in self-portraits and love
    where you’d couldn’t care a fig
    for anything else.

  10. AvatarJahnean

    More famous with every brush stroke, he believed his own hype,
    Self important “Don’t you know who I am?” You know the type,
    Who prayed on young girls their tiny hearts he would break,
    Just because he was a good painter -not a good person does this make,
    A perverted user of women and girls he could use and abuse,
    Perhaps they made him feel younger, objectified as he’d only wanted a muse,
    He wanted them young, nubile, docile, a perfect, painted bride,
    It’s no coincidence that several of ‘his’ women committed suicide.

  11. AvatarAzma

    M. F. Hussain

    Striking strokes of silver
    bodacious blobs of brown
    curating concoctions of controversy
    by unapologetically rendering women.

    Azma Sheikh


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