Stories, Fairytales & Dreams

A continuation of my previous post, Visual Poems: A Breath for Eye, Mind & Soul — here are some of my latest creations which combine photography, art & poetry.


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Her footsteps echoed among shelves covered in dust,

rows of pages colored with age but alive,

stories she needed to breathe.

img_1958She lay in a red rose garden amongst thistle & brier,

fingers resting in hues of gold lion’s fur,

lost in fanciful dreams.

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Ribbons of light dance beside windswept pages,

pen scrawling poems as the sky changes color,

dreams falling onto pages like leaves

in the September Sun.

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She cries porcelain tears,

painting her face with sadness,

waiting for him to fill her empty heart

with a sky full of rainbow stars.

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In the stillness of night my shadow extends,

soul tattered & worn, a skeleton of a woman

etched in the silver tranquility of the moon.

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She dreamt of him under cherry blossoms,

salty sea wind in her hair,

eyes full of moonlight,

teardrops falling on crimson rose.

Stacie Eirich Copyright September 25, 2016

https://www.instagram.com/spacetodreampoetry/


Thank you for reading! These short poems and beautiful images reflect some of the things I love most — nature, fairy tales, dreams & books. There are endless stories out there, if only we look & listen for them. Have a wonderful week–with moments to read, listen & dream. -Stacie 

*Note* I do not own the artwork (Google free images) above, only the words. 

 

Visual Poems: A Breath for Eye, Mind & Soul

Writing is a visual creation, producing images in our minds even if we only see letters on a page. Today, thanks to the amazing technology we have at our fingertips, we can create literal images within our words – or words within images. I’ve spent the last week experimenting with the juxtaposition of poetry & pictures, letting the words take shape and fashioning them into visual art. Then I posted them on Instagram, arguably the most popular social platform for visual poetry today. Here are some of my creations:


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Warmth creeps into my skin,

soft as golden silk on cheekbones,

milk-foam clouds hiding daylight

beneath waves of sleep-stars.

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She was just as fiery as the crimson moon,

eyes burning constellations from bright stars,

voice painting passion across the sky.

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I am vexed by Night, by her chirping of crickets,

by her croaking of frogs, by her chorus of raindrops,

A cacophony of sound stopping my sleep,

delaying my dreams of the moon and her music,

A silent symphony of slumber.

Stacie Eirich Copyright September 6, 2016

https://www.instagram.com/spacetodreampoetry/

What visual poems try to do is to catch the eye — then the mind — and finally, in often a few short lines — the soul. The beauty and brevity in an Insta-poem seems to have the effect of stopping breath, if only for a moment. And that is exactly what this type of poetry, I think, aims to do. To give us a moment of stillness in the noise of everyday life. To remind us to look, to think, to examine, to question, to wonder. Or simply to breathe.

Of course, the question I’m left with is: Is visual poetry necessary? I began this post by stating that poetry is, by nature, a visual creation. The words in a poem are based on sensual experiences, causing us to envision pictures as we read them.

So, then, to my question — I must answer No. It isn’t necessary, and some may even argue it hinders creativity and imagination. However, I’m not likely to stop looking at the beautiful art I see Insta-poets creating, nor will I stop trying to make it myself. For a challenge, for a different form of expression — but mostly, for those moments. To look, to question, to wonder, to breathe — to live.