Image-ine, visual poetry

Image-ine: Rally of Aqua


canvas by Staszek Kotowski

Invoking Blue

The scrape of palette knife
an accident of memory, the slashes

of indigo across stretched linen
canvas bleed out into a rally of aqua

hues, lightening the warm blue
feelings scored in my Russian-sculpted soul.

Painting by Staszek Kotowski. Poem by Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems


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9 Comments so far

  1. L. L. Barkat says:

    I simply love the peace of this painting. And yet, Maureen, you’ve brought out the poignancy that seems to lie just under the surface of it. Such sensitive word-painting in response to this abstract.

  2. Thank you, Laura!

    To see more of Staszek’s work, go here:

  3. Shelly says:

    Pastel painting whitch flows
    in my brillant mind
    never to end as if the next
    thought passes by
    Pastel paints my passage
    I feel those thoughts
    that belong to me in another
    longing to be with him
    my son who has passed
    BeFOre ME…
    bringing me a smile of you .

  4. Maureen, this makes me thing of the most recent “RadioLab” on colors, about how blue is the last color to enter ancient literature. To think of living without indigo, aqua, blue …

  5. Shelly, thank you for contributing your poem. So pleased you were inspired to write.

    Megan, thank you for the tip about the RadioLab program. Very cool! For those interested, here’s the link:
    You might enjoy my post yesterday on my blog; it’s also about color.

  6. laura says:

    This really makes me long for another book of Maureen poems. Waiting on…?

  7. Serenity stacked
    in shades of blue
    soothes soul swirling

  8. Kathleen says:

    Rally is a good word.

  9. Laura, you are one of my great cheerleaders. Thank you.
    Sandra, wonderful alliteration.
    Thank you for reading and commenting, Kathleen.

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