Aimless

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Here’s a smaller version so you can see the shape on a smaller device.  I’ve been working on this shape for seven hours.  Sheesh! how time flies.  I have versions of four different birds, but I think I like the duck best.

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In case you are curious, here is another version of “Aimless.”  Same poem, different bird–a plumed exotic with its wings extended.


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And, for those who haven’t had enought, here is the first view I did:

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/aimless/

35 thoughts on “Aimless

    1. lifelessons Post author

      The poem. I constructed the shape as i wrote the poem, then put it in two more different bird shapes as well. I’ve just posted the second one on my blog if you are curious. May do the tird one before nightfall. It’s kind of a goofy one.
      I really like the second one you haven’t seen yet the best artistically.

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  1. anglogermantranslations

    Are you sure you want it to depict a duck? Its stance (showing off?) reminds me of Disney’s Gladstone Gander. (Upstairs and downstairs and to my lady’s chamber…)

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Anton.. I just posted one of the other versions of the poem on my same blog. It is the same words but made into a a long-legged plumed exotic with wings extended.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    It’s BIG BIRD! Anyone who raised a kid in the 1970s knows that shape! Breakfast with the kid and Big Bird was the incarnation of life … followed by a long day at work. Ah, yes. Glad I’m not THAT young anymore 🙂 Great poem and impressive design!

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  3. hirundine608

    Judy, So, you were able to use your theme 2012 for this? I’ve always found it problematic when using the dashboard then into the final post. For this type of poem writing. I found it best to write them in longhand then scan, cut and paste. I expect i’m giving myself too much work when doing that? Cheers Jamie.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      No. I had to write it in Word, then print it up, photograph and crop the photo and post it.. But, okcforgottenman just showed me how, first of all, to get the green and red editing marks off my Word manuscript by turning off the spell check and grammar check in preferences.. Then I could just take a screen shot and post it. Very much easier since both of my printers are being very spasmodic in their response to my requests.

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      1. hirundine608

        Judy,
        I see. Now I don’t feel so bad about my clumsy attempts. I wonder why the WP editing has not caught up with reproducing what the dashboard produces? I’ve tried using their different selections found under “Posts” and “Format” on the dashboard. I use the classic view. None of them seem to work for me. I suppose more practice is needed?
        Cheers Jamie.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          The thing about doing concrete poetry on a typewriter or keyboard is that it is more of a challenge.. You have limits to what you can do. I think some know how to do variable spaces between letters, but that feels like cheating. I like having the limits I have to work around.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I actually write the poem first, then translate it into the shape… It actually takes a looooong time because, mainly, of the places where two lines have to be incorportated on one line..All the spacing done manually as everything shifts in the line above as you add the second line (as in the wings of the bird.) It is actually fun, like a puzzle, but really eats up the hours. Embarrassed to say this one took all day from 9 a.m. for 4 p.m. One problem has been circumvented by a friend telling me how to get rid of the editing marks on the copy so I can take a screen shot rather than printing it up, photographing, editing, scanning and then downloading. I’m so non-tech that I spend hours more time doing it my invented way than taking the time to learn how to do it right. I love puzzles, love art and writing, so this combines all three.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      It combines poetry, art and puzzle-solving. Fun, fun. I write the poem first and then start sculpting it. For the parts that overlap, such as the wings, it can get really tricky as everything you change causes a change in the other part of the image. You can cut down on the time it took me if you just snap a screen shot of your final poem, then post the photo. Otherwise WordPress totally messes up the spacing, even if it looks okay in the construction phase. You’ll lose all your work and special time. Do it in word, take a photo and post the photo as working in html totally destroys the creative mood.

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  4. treerabold

    What an enjoyable way to share poetry. I am quite pleased I found your page…..between Cee’s Odd Ball challenge and following a suggestion you made on another blog.
    Also…I love ducks and feel a need to do a duck post soon!

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