The Masterpiece: a Chain Poetry Challenge

Impression, soleil levant (1872); the painting that gave its name to the style.
Impression, soleil levant (1872); the painting that gave its name to the style. | Source
Madame Monet in a Japanese kimono, 1875
Madame Monet in a Japanese kimono, 1875 | Source

A Brief History of Collaborative, Collective, or Chain Poetry

Collaborative, collective, or chain poetry is an alternative and creative technique for writing poetry by more than one person. The principal aim of this type of poetry is to create poems through the collaboration of various authors/poets, trying to form a unified voice while still maintain their individual voices.

Examples of collaboration abound in Japanese poetry. Though the precise accounts and records of many such events are either lost or missing.

One of the most famous examples of collective poetry writing was the poem collection titled Ralentir Travaux by Surrealist French poets André Breton, Paul Éluard and René Char. These three poets collaborated to write the poems in this collection over just five days in 1930.

During the 1940s, Charles Henri Ford, an American poet, invented what he called the "chain poem", where each poet wrote a line and then sent the poem to another person (to continue) in another part of the world, by post.

In 2007 a collection of American collaborative poetry Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry was edited and published by Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton and David Trinidad.

Collaborative poetry writing has been used in schools and colleges to teach students teamwork and to discover ways in which they are connected.(source: Wikipedia)

Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, facing left, 1886
Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, facing left, 1886 | Source

The Aim of This Hub and How to Approach the Challenge

A few years back I wrote a hub called "Poem Without an End" which included a Christmas poem I had written that lent itself to being added to. I was amazed by the response as at that stage I only had a few followers here. Hubbers wrote a stanza of poetry each in "comments" on the hub to follow on from the previous commenter's stanza. It worked out very well and at the end I compiled all the contributions into a single poem as part of the hub.

Similar challenges have been issued since, including one by Frank Atanacio called "Spirits Sat as Mourners" that was also very successful. The difference being that in that instance contributors wrote their own hubs for their stanza of poetry and placed a link on Frank's original hub.

For this particular challenge I don't expect everyone to spend valuable time writing separate hubs for one stanza of poetry (unless you really want to). The main problem being that to make it effective you would have to copy the previously written parts of the poem onto your hub and would probably be hit with "duplication" by Hub Pages.

So, that being the case, and also to save having to leave links everywhere, I just ask that anyone who wants to take part just write their stanza here in "comments." Check the last comment before yours that is contributing to the challenge and follow on. If I see more than one following from the same stanza I will use my poetic licence to work them in as I deem best.

At some stage when I feel there has been enough stanzas added I will probably call an end to the challenge and then compile them all together as the completed poem as part of the hub (also giving credit to each contributor).

Flowered Riverbank, Argenteuil
Flowered Riverbank, Argenteuil | Source

The Challenge!

Now comes the interesting part. If you join this chain poetry challenge you have to try to keep the style and voice of the poem as close as possible to the preceding verses, so that to uninformed readers it will appear that only one author has written the entire poem.

Sounds easy, you say? Well maybe it would be if the poem had a traditional style, rhyme or meter. But this one doesn't! The poem you will be adding to was started by an acquaintance of mine Andriealphus as a "chain poem challenge" elsewhere. At the time of writing I was the only other person who had accepted the challenge, and because I loved the subject I thought it would be a great challenge for my fellow hubbers and decided to use it here and see if the response would be better. (I know of a few poets here whose writing would suit this style)

Rules :

  1. Follow on from the previous stanza in comments
  2. Try to retain the voice and style of the poem
  3. Keep your stanza/verse to approximately the same length as those before
  4. Make the subject matter appropriate to the story
  5. If it inspires you, feel free to return and add another verse

Water Lilies and Reflections of a Willow (1916–19)
Water Lilies and Reflections of a Willow (1916–19) | Source

Claude Monet was one of the most famous painters in the history of art and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement.

In 1883 Monet moved to Giverny. Here, he loved to paint outdoors in the gardens that he helped create. The water lilies found in the pond had a particular appeal, and he painted several series of them throughout the rest of his life; the Japanese-style bridge over the pond became the subject of several works, as well.

In 1912 Monet painted a series of 12 waterlily paintings commissioned by the Orangerie des Tuileries, a museum in Paris. He chose to make them on a very large scale, and to serve as a "haven of peaceful meditation." This project consumed much of Monet's later years. Monet once stated, "These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession for me. It is beyond my strength as an old man, and yet I want to render what I feel."

His health was now an obstacle, as well. Nearly blind, with both of his eyes seriously affected by cataracts, Monet finally agreed to undergo surgery for the ailment in 1923.

Monet's famous water lilies turned redder as his cataracts progressed. After getting corrective surgery he destroyed most of the "red lily" paintings, angry that no one really mentioned it to him. Ironically, these paintings were probably what made his impressionistic style so famous in that time -- artists started taking more risks with color and such during this point. (source: biography.com)

The Masterpiece

"The boy sitting behind you says you look like a masterpiece.

Ask him, has he ever seen a Monet up close?

Close enough to see nothing but muddled strokes of weedy lakeshore?

Close enough to dip his fingers into the ridges

where oil paints hardened under an artist's gaze?

Close enough to breathe onto the blood lilies?

Ask him, why did he paint them red?" (Andriealphus)



He grinned like Carroll's cheshire cat.

"Through clouded and bloodshot eyes I imagine.

Be my waterlilies!" he says,

"Feel my breath and let my fingers delve,

become my masterpiece instead.

A brush has never touched a canvas as fine as your fair skin.

Let the masters weep in jealousy,

and Van Gogh slice his ear in envy at the beauty of your nakedness." (Jodah)


Self portrait with bandaged ear
Self portrait with bandaged ear | Source

Responses

Now it's your turn. Please write your response in the comments below, remembering to check those immediately before yours for the last written stanza of the poem. If you do decide to write a separate hub for your stanza of verse, make sure you leave a link here in comments.

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge-(1897-1899)
Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge-(1897-1899) | Source

The Finished Masterpiece

All contributions have been received and I have put the finished poem together with only some slight edits. I hope everyone is happy with the result. If you think I could improve the order of stanzas etc, feel free to let me know.

Please go to 'The Finished Masterpiece" to see the completed poem.

Thank you again to all who contributed.

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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

A man must know his limitations. You just found mine. I would love to take part in this challenge, John, but my limitations are too large to overcome. I look forward to reading the additions to this chain poem. Great challenge.


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

What an exciting idea, John! I'll be back to see how this goes and maybe add some more. I'm itching to see the final result!

Here's my contribution:

"Ask him what he sees beneath this textured beauty?"

Hope you get a huge response!

Ann


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well at least you were the first to read and comment on this Bill. I don't really expect anyone who isn't a true poet to attempt this one. I do respect you for admitting your limitations but I have read some good poetry from you before. Anyway, I hope it does attract a few taker and leads to some interesting poetry. Thanks.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ann, time will tell how many responses this attracts but hopefully a few at least. I didn't think I'd be able to write in the same voice as the original verse either but I think it turned out ok. Hope you come back to contribute. Thanks for commenting and take care.


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word55 16 months ago from Chicago

For my heart tends to fetter in your delicacy,

Every detail from within to your out,

A treasured voyage for a lifetime of Excellency

Visualizing and wooing while feeling about,

(Word55)


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

Sorry, just realised it's supposed to be a verse, not just a line!! Silly me.

I'll try again. Here we go:

"Ask him what he sees beneath this textured beauty,

what colours pulse and touch his heart.

And what about a heart that's sorely aching,

how can he know the passion it imparts?

What skill caresses such a naked canvass?

What colours would he see my soul embrace?

Perchance he cannot craft such wild endeavours

my interest to capture, given chase."

Not sure if I've got the same rhythm but that's my best shot for the moment.

Thanks for giving us this challenge; it's something to stretch us to the limit, well as far as I'm concerned anyway!

Ann

PS This was done before I saw word55's verse but I think it still works - hope so!


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida

I'll have to do some thinking. Hopefully something will hit me and I'll be back!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for contributing word55..you're the first to add a verse. Well done.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's ok Ann, glad you realised and came back. Your added stanza is great. You captured the theme and voice, and even though your verse rhymes it doesn't detract. Well done.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna, thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I'm sure it will be great.


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word55 16 months ago from Chicago

I followed Ann's (Annart) 1st lead. Um, "you're the first to add a verse." Did you have to rhyme that? :-) Okay!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I didn't count Ann's first one line post as a contribution, word55, but yours can fit in. It doesn't have to rhyme....the first two verses don't and that was part of the challenge to try to match the style written before, but both yours and Ann's do and that's ok too. I want people to contribute and can't control what they write. When I eventually compile all the verses together I may do a little editing to make it all fit together smoothly.


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Gloriousconfusion 16 months ago from United Kingdom

Ask where he sat to paint the water ripples

And did he walk across the shaded bridge

What sounds embraced him as he heard

The whispering breeze, the swishing brush

And did he ever dream his water lilies

Would grace my Mother's wall in Spain

Or turn to parody by Banksy casting

An upturned shopping trolley in his lily lake?


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida

I would contribute to your poetic creation,

But my Muse appears to be on vacation.

Just as well since she is seldom serious,

And contributes in ways that are mysterious.


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

Didn't pick up on the absence of rhyme; at least the rhythm is there! You see how you've got us all thinking and looking carefully at what's required? That's a good challenge in itself! It's an exciting project, this; could go on for a while. I love Monet and all the Impressionists; my favourite.

Ann


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow! Gloriousconfusion, that is one great verse...fits in perfectly and I love Banksy reference and "upturned trolley in his lily lake". Thanks for that contribution.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Something makes me think your muse is being sneaky drbj :) or do you always speak in rhyme? Thanks for commenting, and if your muse decides to behave, join in.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for returning Ann. I thought this would be an interesting challenge and it is turning out that way. I can't make my challenges too simple. :)


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

Interesting challenge, Jodah. I'll stand back and watch you poets on this one. There seems to be no shortage of glorious poets and poetry on this site.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for checking this hub out MsDora even if you can't participate in the poem you can still appreciate the poetry that goes into it and the finished product. Have a great week.


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

While passing his spectacular white lily lake

I noticed the upturned shopping trolley resting quietly on it's side

I wonder if someone lost their footing as they gazed at the beauty of the swirling ripple from the unexpected eddy tide?

The dreamy bridge aglow in milky greenery hue

I wonder if he could still hear the lake's whispers as he added a touch of playful blue?


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mckbirdbks 16 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

hi john, this will be intertesting - waiting for the final epic


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Gloriousconfusion 16 months ago from United Kingdom

I really enjoyed the poetry challenge - what a lovely idea - I couldn't resist joining in, even with builders in the next room and noisy music playing. I do love Monet, which made it even more enticing. Thanks John


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Since my style of poetry is so different, I'm afraid I must be a spectator. I enjoyed what I read and, what has been contributed so far. Jodah, I must say, you are truly growing and growing and growing. I will be checking in from time to time to see whats been added. Oh, and why did I have to hear about the e-books on Missy's page. I would enjoy seeing it also. Voted up, useful and definitely sharing.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for you kind comment Dana. It is fine to be a spectator here, it isn't a challenge that will suit everyone's style that is for sure. If you want to check out my eBook here is the link: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=I+lau...

You will have read some of them already here on Hub Pages. Blessings.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mike, the final poem should be certainly worth a read :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for defying the noisy builders next door to participate in this challenge Gloriousconfusion. I was hoping Monet would prove enticing.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wonderful addition Ruby, thank you for joining in. Great job. I love it.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Oh, what fun, John! My favorite artist is Monet and so I shall see if I can produce a verse worthy here.

I love the verses submitted so far. The original and your addition are wonderful!

Up ++++ and sharing to help get the word out

Blessings


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

These are all great contributions so far and I'm looking forward to seeing more. What a neat challenge!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Faith for reading and commenting. Glad you like Monet and are considering entering into the challenge. Thanks for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Flourish, yes there have been some great contributions. Thanks for your comment. The final poem should be interesting.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

working on something to contribute--stay tuned

: ) Kim


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Kim, I thought you would be one poet suited to this challenge. I look forward to your verse.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

I'm going to leave this assignment to the true poets.. like to see this chain poem go on and I think there are great poets on here that will give it even a bigger impact.. Audrey.. Smilealot.. those types of poets can easily handle this challenge.. good luck my creative friend :) Frank


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank. I am disappointed you aren't giving it a go, but I understand. You are right that those poets you mention would have no problem with this challenge.


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travmaj 16 months ago from australia

Oh strewth John, just had to put in my attempt - hope you approve -

Ask again, ask the boy if he too has walked the paths in Giverny,

Stumbled across the bridge of lightness and shade,

Dazzled by sunlight to contrast those dark shadows of grief,

Connected to some past reflection in the rippling stream,

Time the magician weaves a subliminal spell,

Youth, skilfully creating the beauty of the moment sees

Primordial vision painting blood red lilies.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I don't just approve Maj, I love it! Terrific response with a great stanza of verse that perfectly fits the voice of this poem. Thanks for joining in.


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

Came back to see how this is going, John. Some great additions. I love Maj's contribution, especially as it goes back to the boy sitting behind 'the masterpiece', prompting the 'ask him..' . Great!

Might be tempted to add a little more when it's progressed further!

Ann


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DDE 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful as ever!


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

John,

I had sent this earlier before travmaj's awesome contribution, but maybe it still works (I did a little tweaking)

following as opposed to prior--don't know if

I am making any sense. If it does not work, please feel free to delete and I will try again.

Kim

As light turned dark as night turned day

his brushes stroked and streamed

like rippling thoughts

from his abstract dreams

to capture his garden at Giverny

lush in its proper shades

for he saw reflective sources

from which his palette sang

to wit there he sat

content with his pond

while the young boy

dreaming romantic thoughts walked on


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Beautiful work Kim. It will follow on perfectly from Maj's as you answered the GIverny question. I am so pleased with the quality of responses so far.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika. I haven't seen you around in awhile, I hope all is well.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

John,

Thanks so much for providing the platform for without that it is easy to fall down.

; ) Kim


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Just checking in to see how things are going, I can't wait for the finished product. I attended a poetry class and we did this also it was really fun.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for checking Dana. I am pleased with the quality of responses so far. I just have to wait and see how many more come in. The final,poem should be great.


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travmaj 16 months ago from australia

John, thank you, I'm most happy you like my offering. I found the poem intriguing and suddenly felt inspired to write my version in the same mode. I'm not sure I wrote a continuation from the stanza before (alwaysexploring) but I'm sure you will fuse it altogether when the time comes. Love all the responses. I haven't managed any creative writing for yonks, can't wait now to start over, just need some time. (beats watching the cricket too!!!) Cheers John, will be checking in -


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi again Maj, glad this poem inspired you, and yes it beats watching the cricket especially with the Aussie batsmen performing badly in this third test. It will be an interesting exercise for me to fuse all the stanzas together but should be good.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Wow! John I can't believe I almost missed your incredible challenged. This is something in which I would have loved to participate since Claude Monet is one of my all times favourite artist. Unfortunately, I must cry off. I'm a bit under the weather with a head full of cotton wool, or so it seems. If the challenge is still open when I get rid of this pesky flu I may give it a go, but I must say, the standard is exceptionally high. Maj took it to another level but all the submissions are brilliant. Kudos to you Andriealphus and the other writers who participated so far in this artistic and creative masterpiece.

My best always Jo.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, sorry to hear you are under the weather at the moment. I am not in a hurry to close this challenge so I'll keep it open until you are back firing on all cylinders and are able to contribute. You are one of the hubbers I was looking forward to getting a response from as I thought it would suit. Thank you for your kind words, and get well soon.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

John, I've decided to have a go, but it's about 16 lines, can I do it in two stanzas following on from Kim's wonderful submission? You can always edit it later.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Jo, please do. Anyone is welcome to do more than one stanza. I may add another myself at some stage.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Alrighty!


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ok, John here goes nothing! Following from Kim's. I hope it reads well.

And the boy began to walk away

But in his wake, I heard him say

"I took a trip to Orangerie

Where the ghost of Monet still abides

I sat right down and gazed awhile

Until I heard a soft voice cry.

"Have you ever seen a fluid dream?

Where light evolves into what it touch

Where serenity flows through cloudy veil

Where the magician's brush like lightening rush

Have you ever seen a sight sublime?

A child born of distorted illusion

This flowering pond that traps the light

That lift the heart and beckons the soul

An abstract pulchritude up close

Move back, behold; such tranquil delight."

I hope this is in line with what the others have done. Feel free to edit if needed. My best...

Jo.


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

Great one, Jo!

You've got everyone going, John! Rather you than me, putting all this together, but it's going to be a humdinger of a poem when it finally comes to an end - if it ever does! You've really started something.

Ann


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I am excited to see what you end up with here. There are a number of fine poets rising to the challenge, so go to it!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well done Jo. The word "sublime" comes to mind. I hoped all the poets would rise to the fore, and they have. Love it, thanks for contributing.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ann, it is good to see the poets among us take up the challenge with some great contributions so far. I just hope Imcan do it justice when it comes to putting it together.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Deb, yes I am impressed by the standard of submissions. I'm looking forward to putting it all together.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi John, 'sublime' will do nicely. I'm so glad you like my contribution. This is a very good idea, I know you'll have fun putting it all together. Take care and my best to you.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

John,

So happy every time I return to see another link in this poetic chain, and Wow, does Jo ever do it justice.

Kim


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for returning Kim, I'm so pleased with the responses. Just gave to wait and see if there are any more.


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Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago

Following Jo (tobusiness)

"The pure white of the lily's skin

Speaks of no beauty from within

Just Monet's way or goal

For feasting eyes

Not feasting for the soul"

Shyron


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Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi John...

I started to read this wonderful challenge (Monet is one of my favorite artists), then came back to finish reading some of the beautiful contributions that give this painting a stunning voice through perception and the senses. What an exciting hub. :-)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for a great contribution Shyron. This is a very nice verse. Well done.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Genna. It appears Monet is a favourite arist of many here. I hope you'll take part in this challenge too :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Just a shout out to see if anyone else still wants to contribute to this chain poem. I have started compiling the stanzas together but will leave it open for a couple more days in case anyone else is intending to join in. Thanks to all who have contributed.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Hi John,

I apologize for my late submission here to your wonderful challenge. I am off from work a couple of day and decided to give this a go while my husband is resting from knee surgery. If it does not meet with your standards, please feel free to not use it in your final poem or edit as you deem necessary.

Blessings always

Here it goes:

Confessions to friend Georges Clemenceau

Of light encapsulating both torment, joy

Fervent madness in analyzing colors

Consequential spontaneous creations

Season after season of obsession

Capturing different hues in a single moment

Attentive while strolling in Argenteuill

Brushwork bares masterpiece.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your great submission Faith. No it's not too late, I'm still compiling the final poem so it should be up for all to see in a day or two.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Faith, beautifully done, I find it incredible how someone with such limited vision can teach us so much about beauty, light and shadows. John, looking forward to reading the end result.

By the way, congtats on publishing your poems. How did you find the process of publishing with Lulu?


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Thanks John and Jo. You are kind. Jo, you have always been a brilliant poet. I, too, am looking forward to the end result after John does his magic to pull it all together.

I will share again to see if there are any more takers.

Blessings


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Phyllis Doyle 16 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Wonderful hub, great idea, Jodah. Here is one from me. Short but sweet. Hope it is okay:

And this the beauty be

From Masters past we see

Impressed upon the boy

Bestowed on her with joy


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Phyllis, this is succinct and beautiful, I love it. Shyron's did an excellent job also, I thought I'd already commented on her verse, but I hadn't.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, I think I have sorted out the poem satisfactorily. Just waiting to see if there is any more to add. Publishing with Lulu wasn't bad and now that I've done it once it will be easier next time. Getting the formatting to look right in the eBook was the hardest, though you and just type it in a word document and Lulu automatically produces the contents page and converts the document to ePub or PDF you can only use certain fonts and have to make sure the chapter names or poem titles are in Heading 1. They also provide a free ISBN number if you want. Overall it was easier than expected however.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Faith.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Phyllis, thanks for ontributing. I like it, a perfect ending to the poem I think.


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tobusiness 16 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

John, thanks a lot, the info on publishing with Lulu will be quite useful as I'm thinking of publishing but I'm currently torn between Amazon and Lulu. I wanted to purchase one of your books, but I couldn't seem to find them on Amazon. However, I'll probably get it from Lulu. Wishing you every success, you deserve it.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, both books 'On the Wings of Eagles" and "I Laughed a Smile" have mostly the same content...except the former has one extra poem. Originally they were in different formats, one ePub, the other PDF but now they are both ePub. They are available through Lulu and iBooks, soon Barnes and Noble and Nook (not Amazon). I may try publishing another book through Amazon soon just to see how it compares. Thanks again.


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travmaj 16 months ago from australia

Hi John, you have certainly had some excellent responses to your challenge - I'm sure you'll fuse it altogether beautifully although I imagine a difficult task. I'm interested in your poetry books also - I really have to get my act together technologically - I'll try and check it all out...cheers -


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi again Marj. I think I may have all the verses that are going to come. I have been doing my best to arrange them as I think best with just a little editing. I will probably post the finished poem as a separate hub with a link on this one to it. My book is available on Lulu and iBooks...there's a link on one of the earlier comments. I'd really appreciate it if you were to purhase a copy. Bear in mind it's my first eBook so the formatting etc isn't perfect, but it's taken me seven revisions I think to get it where it is. It will all be easier next time. If you need help let me know.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 15 months ago

Hello Jodah!

This hub was just full of information, beauty and oh what a challenge!

Like Faith, Monet is by far a brilliant artist in his time. And the beauty we can still enjoy today from all his work.

This is a great challenge! I am really looking forward to adding to this.

I first wanted to stop in and let you know that, up for sure. Shared too.

And thank you so much for all the challenges to help the rest of us, keep our mental energy flowing and giving it a work out! You are the best.

The information about LuLu and the free ISBN number is an answered prayer! So, smile my friend. You are a gift!

Hugs. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

I'll have to think on this--


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

blue follows movement,

impasto, a curvilinear brandishing of light,

marking the distance

between student and master

in an arc of sky

Hi John--my contribution --but I think it doesn't fit well with the last comment--sorry about that


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Jo, thanks for commenting so kindly and letting me know you intend to contribute. I will hold off with combining all the verses until I receive yours. Glad the Lulu info helped. hugs.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, that's wonderful. I have an idea where to place it in the poem. Stay tuned.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

Looking forward to reading the finished poem; exciting!

Ann


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ann, as far as I know I am only waiting on one more contribution.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

The blue light shining in the glittering sky

A vision of splendor to all who pass by

Surely the master's stroke of the heavenly arc beautifully placed

Is a student's wishful plea for words tatted with lace.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for returning with another wonderful stanza Ruby. I will look for the best place to weave it in.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

I couldn't resist. This was so much fun and a great idea. Thank you....


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Jo_Goldsmith11 15 months ago

Hello! Here you go. Thank you for the invite. I hope you like this? :-)

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He begins walking toward the multi colored painting

Vivid blues of every shade come into focus

It is as much as he can see through his cataract eyes

A woman with the dress of lace and diamonds

She is searching his thoughts

Reds and greens weave through his brain and a revelation gives birth

The journey on this road of accomplishments he made

The lady disappears through the canopy of the trees ahead

He is alone again, standing there with a brush and empty canvas


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

I like Jo's verse; intriguing.

Ann


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, very well done. Thank you for joining in :) your stanza tells a great story in few words. I'll enjoy adding this in.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

All done, go check it out. (see link above comments)


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CrisSp 15 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Now, this is a masterpiece! Brilliant idea. Awesome job. Way to go, all of you wonderful creatives out there.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Cris, I am sure everyone appreciates your comment. Now you have to check out the final poem/compilation in "The Finished Masterpiece."


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Diana Lee 14 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

No tears splash water below,

From the bridge beneath his feet,

Nor can his brush paint his thoughts,

From the mystery maid he seeks.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Diana, looks like I have to go add another stanza to the finished poem :)

Thanks for this contribution.Quite beautiful.

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