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”  http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/

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

    lovely entry, thanks for sharing…

    😉

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  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.”

    JamieDedes

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    • 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.

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

    Sending you hugs xox

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    • 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

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

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  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

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  6. jgavinallan

     /  May 23, 2011

    Gayle:
    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
    Jaye
    xoxo

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    • 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!

      Hugs,
      Gayle

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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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!!

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

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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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

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

      Thanks, Leslie.

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

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  15. fabulous gayle. simply fabulous.

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