This painting seemed to fascinate you all as much as it did me, and the poems it produced are magical.
First in was from Sarah in the South West, setting the misty, dream-like tone.
Next is from TJ in Australia/Paris, who has adapted the word suggestion to a thoughtful, melancholic poem inspired by an exotic-looking flower
Kerfe’s poem has the mystery of the peacock garden and some of the harshness of the peacock’s cry with mythological references that I have always found cold and heartless.
Kat Myrman’s poem is a story, magical and strange, focusing on the woman and her motivation. A nice shift in perspective.
Pat in her Jazzy Tower has composed a string of haiku, all bright and polished, and happy! Again, another different view of the peacock theme, this one very much in the sunlight.
Merril’s quatern is as she says, romantic and ballad-style, and definitely on the twilight side of the imagination. Lovely trip into myth and magic.
Sue Vincent’s poem is pure mystical, metaphysical, and surreal. I’d call it haunting if it wasn’t such a hackneyed phrase. Read it and you’ll see what I mean.
Veronica, also from the South West, paints a vivid miniature with a handful of words and a lot of suggestion.
Ken’s poem is a nonet. Like Veronica’s it condenses the mystery and the atmosphere of the painting into a very few, well-chosen words. Lovely
Janice, On the Land, has chosen a formal style for this one—a pantoum. There’s a stately rhythm to this one that is perfect for the recurring image of the imperturbable woman climbing the stair.
Doug, the Elusive Trope’s poem echoes Janice’s in a rather strange way. It’s a different form, but the image of the woman on the stair and the menacing eyes of the peacocks is the same. Unease is the dominating emotion here. Very atmospheric.
Sri from the exotic East with a trio of triolets, all brightly coloured and joyful, love songs and flowers. I would have expected her to have a different opinion on peacocks as it’s her national bird 🙂
and a limerick
Thank you all for participating. Such a beautiful, brightly-coloured haul of poems this week! Don’t forget to look in tomorrow for the newt challenge.