Tag Archives: Picasso

A Quote A Day

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
–Attributed to Dorothy Parker

This Quotation is number one.  As I was typing this, I remembered that I wrote a poem entitled  “Dorothy Parker and Picasso at the Beach” last year.  If you’d like to read it, go HERE

I was nominated by  Jane Basil to participate in the Three Quotation Challenge. You can see Jane’s wonderful blog site HERE. Thanks for thinking of me, Jane.

Dorothy Parker and Picasso at the Beach


Why Dorothy Parker Remains a Good Sport in the Heat

Dorothy Parker at the beach,
a dry martini within reach.
Lots hotter than the Algonquin.
Heat dissipates when served with gin!

Why Picasso is Not a Beach Person

Picasso simply can’t abide
that fish with both eyes on one side.
If from the norm he wants to vary,
he’ll have to paint it ordinary!

NaPoWriMo Day 1: Ode to Picasso

Time for NaPoWriMo again.  The challenge is to write a poem a day.  Today’s challenge is this:

“The prompt for all you early birds is an ekphrastic poem – a poem inspired by or about a work of art. There are no rules on the form for an ekphrastic poem, so you could write a sonnet or a haiku or free verse. Some well-known ekphrastic poems include Rilke’s Archaic Torso of Apollo and Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn. But ekphrastic poetry is alive and well today, too, as your efforts today will reflect.”

Here is the lithograph I based my poem on:

And here is my poem:

On Picasso’s Imaginary Self-Portrait

Is it conceit or self-knowledge
that makes you paint yourself
in the ruffed collar
of Shakespeare
or a clown?

Satyr, young at heart,
your merry countenance
masks darker moods and behaviors,
the bright pigments
hiding a more somber undercoat.

your children
and your mistresses
might paint you as master:
stern, egotistical,
but always with the backlit inspiration
of genius.
Yet, old goat,
you paint yourself a clown.