Your Sketches

The sketches you’ve drawn

Through the years they’re found

In a now-old sketch book that’s still tightly bound

I’ve never tired of admiring  those pages

Your talent always envied by my appreciative eye

Art lessons you took maybe before I was born

Led to those drawings, drafts and outlines

There’s a brightly penciled hibiscus

Was it one outside in our yard?

And there are deepening-greened palm fronds

Sideways blown by a westward sea breeze

Your ability with faces, so delicate and fine

Gave me feelings of enchantment, enjoyment and charm

There are two native women with skin of deep brown

Carrying baskets on their heads, coming back from the farm

With each sheet that I turned, my fascination grew

I found more that pleased me and increased the allure

I saw the way your aptitude flourished

With the flair of a line here and a contoured shade there

I saw something of you in each stroke laid to paper

Your soul, what you felt, a freedom with no limit

My entry for Monday’s Poetry Potluck:  Theme of “Sketches, Images and Impressions”

Previous Post
Leave a comment


  1. hard bound is cool, it is good to see
    aptitude flourish ….

    lovely entry, thanks for sharing…



  2. Lovely, Gayle. Is this an imaginative response or actually based on someone you know, perhaps a family member. Either way, the perfect poem for the theme. Nicely done.

    Thanks for your visit and kind comments on “Bardo.”



    • My mother is a very accomplished artist. She finally had to give up her weekly art classes a few years ago due to bad health–she’s now 85. I think just about everyone in the family, plus many friends, own a painting or two of hers.

      Thanks, Jamie.


  3. The image you have sketched is multi- dimensional!
    Very beautiful Rose.. 🙂

    Sending you hugs xox


    • Thanks so very much, Olivia. Nice to see you here–it seems you’ve been a little scarce lately.

      Sending hugs back to you…
      Gayle xoxo


  4. I love sketch books! They are the soul behind the art.


  5. Its very good indeed, and I love rhyming verses! From an envious appreciating eye to the point when everything turns fascinating, the poem is as hard bound as the sketchbook.

    Best regards


  6. jgavinallan

     /  May 23, 2011

    As a friend i knew from Brooklyn(Cute) would say…”now your rollin'”

    Meaning…this is incredible. I would take a chapter to describe what you do in such few words.

    “With each sheet that i turned, my fascination grew”…magic…pure magic.

    Gayle—you are talented

    love and hugs


    • I’m so glad you like this, Jaye. My mother is the artist I’m referring to here.

      Love you–you’re such a sweetie!



  7. What we hope we can leave behind for our family.


  8. This is such a beautiful expression of the prompt. I recently found some old sketch books that my Mom had kept from when I was in high school. Startling. I still love sketch books and write my first draft poetry in one.


    • Coming back home, after being gone for long whiles, I always wanted to look at old photos of the family and her sketch books. Nice memories I hold since very young.

      I like that you discovered some of your own sketch books from high school, Victoria–what fun.


  9. “… With the flair of a line here and a contoured shade there
    I saw something of you in each stroke laid to paper
    Your soul, what you felt, a freedom with no limit”

    Lovely write ~~ you pulled me in from your first line till the end!!


  10. Nicely done. I felt as though I were looking over your shoulder as you turned the pages.


  11. Lovely expression! It left me feeling like I knew the artist, just as you gain knowledge from looking at those sketches. Great job!


  12. Absolutely beautiful. I would love to look through someone’s sketch book. My husband draws furniture he plans to make but its technical with measurements, his little animals for our daughter are cute though lol There’s something very special about the way a person draws, each line is a story.


    • Thank you very much–I really appreciate this lovely comment, MLM. I don’t think I would enjoy technical drawings as much either. And I agree, there is something very special about the way a person draws.


  13. This caused me to want to peek over your shoulder and see them, also. In a way, I guess I did.


    • I was hoping to share my feelings about my mother’s sketch book–I’m glad I was able to. 🙂

      Thanks, Leslie.


  14. Wow,this is just so touching.Lovely words…..Loved every word,the sentiments,the tone……..


  15. fabulous gayle. simply fabulous.



Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Words and Pictures from The Isle of Wight

writing in north norfolk

Writer of children's literature, short stories and poetry

Lady Nyo's Weblog

A woman writer's blog with invitations to other writers

Poetry Breakfast

Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

Mithai Mumblezz

Thinks and again mumbles!!


Thinking, writing, thinking about writing...


"We're all out there, somewhere, waiting to happen."


Nature needs Nurture

Whimsygizmo's Blog

poetic ponderings...parenting...procrastination...

Tao of Scrumble

A freeform way of life, love and everything

Tournesol dans un Jardin - Waka

Haiku * Troiku * Micropoetry

Sharp Little Pencil

Amy Barlow Liberatore... stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz


A Silent poet shouting to be heard


Romance of Five Clouds and Magical Poetry

kanzen sakura

South meets East: Poetry and Musings - words of the seasons

Poems, stories, paintings and more by Sharmishtha Basu

(Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnijashatadalama, Indie Adda)

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through writing and photography

jaywalking the moon

poetry by claudia schoenfeld

She's Writing

Poetry and Prose

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

everyday amazing

spreading good cheer, fun & love for life

Michael's Lair

Just Write site

Björn Rudbergs writings

Poetry and fiction by a physicist from the dark side

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.


Be inspired...Be creative...Be peace...Be

bardessdmdenton - author- artist

Historical and Literary Fiction / Essays / Poetry / Reviews /Book Cover and Interior Illustrations / Pet Portraits and Other Commissioned Artwork ... "Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant." ~ Edna Ferber, 1885-1968, American novelist, short story writer and playwright

Soul Dipper

Spirit Builder by Design

Contemplative Moorings

The official blog of unofficial author Michael Marsters.

Ramblings From A Mum

This is my journey, my thoughts, my views, plain and simple and from my heart. Please travel with me and share, hopefully it will be an interesting trip.


copyright 2013 - no reuse without permission ( see for fiction and fantasy )

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

All Is One With Our Creator


Take Control of Your Health

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


poetic inspiration from life's simplicity


Mumblings of a Middle Aged Madwoman


if I go around more than once then ...

I Rhyme Without Reason

I live in words

Soul Speak

'You may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one' ~ John Lennon

~ Dragon's Dreams ~

Carpe Noctem Quod Tempus Fugit!

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life


laughing at the malfunction of the universe is better than crying about it

Lorna's Voice

Finding ways to make words sparkle

Olivia's In- Mind Whirls..

"It's all in my mind"


Poets Pub

Leslie White

View artwork by Leslie White


The best time to when it is impossible///Stories of the heart-broken/shattered and sometimes mended

%d bloggers like this: