Thursday, April 4, 2013

Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations.4

Wikimedia Commons: Le Silence by Antoine-Augustin Préault
Wikimedia Commons has lots of famous art to explore. I saw a plaster cast of this sculpture by Antoine-Augustin Préault at the Art Institute of Chicago last month. The title is Le Silence. It is a carving on the tomb of Jacob Roblés and can be found in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Today's poem arrived as I as ironing a pair of slacks. Isn't that how creativity often works? You quit trying so hard and...boom. There it is.


On the days I long for silence
remind me, please
of giggles.

On the days we pass in silence
remind me, please
of finishing each other's sentences.

On the days that seem filled with silence
remind me, please
of chickadees.

On the nights I hear only silence
remind me, please
to listen for the music of the spheres.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013

The theme of my 2013 National Poetry Month Project is 

"Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations." 

Each day in April, I will feature media from the Wikimedia Commons("a database of 16,565,065 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute") along with bits and pieces of my brainstorming and both unfinished and finished poems.

I will be using the media to inspire my poetry, but I am going to invite my students to use my daily media picks to inspire any original creation: poems, stories, comics, music, videos, sculptures, drawings...anything!

You are invited to join the fun, too! Leave a link to your creation in the comments and I'll add it to that day's post. I'll add pictures of my students' work throughout the month as well.

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