For dVerse Poets today we have the delightful opportunity to share the watercolour sketches of one of the founding members, Claudia Schönfeld, and use them as an inspiration for our poetry. I can really relate to what Claudia has to say about slowing down and really observing things carefully:
I tend to be unfocused and unconcentrated at times and I’m not very good with details. Sometimes I just don’t see the things around me. Sketching (and also poetry) forces me to focus and really look at things.
So, I’ve used Claudia’s sketch of her favourite bag as a reminder to myself to really notice the details. And to do a better job of describing them in my poetry. Except that I chose to describe a pair of scissors below rather than a bag.
Despite my name I seldom rustle
nor susurrate with soothing ease…
Instead I syncopate with my right arm,
terminate with my stronger left.
You think me lop-sided, a cripple, but
I’m the master of Swiss efficiency.
No rust, no weakness,
I’m black and grey,
Grown-up and perfectly sober.
Yet in the pivot point I turn crimson,
a drop of blood
in a lifetime of running with scissors.
I cut and clip,
core of action
Hair, ties, rope – it’s all the same to me,
Trenchant with wire, swift with threads.
Do I repel you with my sharpness?
When I come out, there’s no going back,
quick-fire clack of job well done.
Just one flaw:
gratuitous green plastic handle
touched by so many children that I now
give off marshmallow sweetness.
For more colourful sketches and witty poems, please go and visit the Pub. It’s a wonderful respite in the middle of your week!