Yesterday, my friend had a small party, and one of the activities we did was paint along to a Bob Ross painting tutorial. I had heard of him but never tried one of those videos. Anyway, my finished painting inspired this free-verse poem, because it is not very good! I’m rather embarrassed about it (so I am sharing it with the internet 😂).
I am linking with this prompt about islands and with the Writers’ Pantry. Writing a poem about the process of making this painting gave me a little bit of a paradigm shift, and it was a fun experience regardless of my lack of talent. Thanks also to Andrea for the fun phrase “gnarly bark.”
It’s supposed to look like a tree-lined island;
My trees aren’t evergreens, friends said they were
Palm trees, but they’ve got some gnarly bark.
Bob Ross says we never make mistakes but just
“Happy little accidents,” though I’ve planted the paint
In all the wrong places: friends said I could
Dream up anything, but this is from my nightmares.
That said, Bob Ross would not approve of
My self-talk, and I do like the sunset, and
At least — at least — every tree has a friend.