Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Words Count With Mama Zen

I recently attended Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils, an exhibit featuring macro digital photographs of some of the earth's earliest life. So what do you get when you take the remains of small, 450 million year old life forms and magnify them up to sixty times? Unexpected complexity and beauty.






Today's prompt is pretty much wide open.  Let the pictures inspire you; use them if you like.  Explore the idea of complexity writ small. Or, just write me a tutorial on how to take better quality iPhone pictures (are you reading, Margaret?).  Go any direction you like . . . just keep it to 60 words or less.

18 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

This provided just the nudge I needed to put my mind to some form of poetry. Thanks, MZ.

I hope it is okay to use one of these photos on my blog. I'm not sure to whom it should be attributed.

hedgewitch said...

Amazing photos--off to see what I can do.

Mama Zen said...

I took the pictures (of the pictures), so use them if you like, Kerry.

humbird said...

Thanks MZ! Nice photos and theme.

grapeling said...

I strayed a bit, MZ - hope you're OK with that ~

Hannah said...

I enjoy your images, MZ!! Thank you for the challenge!

Karen S. said...

These are sensational images. What an interesting adventure into the world of fossils! I used my favorite image, it was as if it was begging to be heard!

Arushi Ahuja said...

Such amazing pretty pictures.. ive never seen fossils sup so close... :)

Jim said...

Hi Mom Zee ~~ There is food for a thousand poems here tonight but not one seemed to be for me.
So I wrote about an old Ford. Sorry, just not real romantic tonight or ... ?
..

Fireblossom said...

Fossils? Girl, are you trying to say something??? (runs for the Olay)

Margaret said...

These are wonderful photos!! You need no lessons from me. ha ha These past few days have been with kids at pool, barn, and shopping (poor me :) and we watched the 25th celebration of "The Phantom of the Opera" at an opera house in London - Andrew Lloyd Weber and the original cast make an appearance at the end (Netflix - watch now - I highly recommend it) So was up LATE last night… I will do this prompt even if it is posted late.

Thank you…

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful photos Mama Zen. Sorry to post late!!

Bodhirose said...

It's been awhile since I've participated but went looking for inspiration today and found this...thank you Mama Zen! I remembered the photos of magnified sand that I've seen...amazing...and my poem was born.

Gayle ~

Other Mary said...

I sort of forgot to drop a line here. What cool, lovely pics MZ! Thank you for this prompt.

Margaret said...

I have arrived so late to this party I think all there is left to do is clean up! Don't worry, I'm a mom of six and good at picking up messes :)

Thanks for the challenge - I think your images are gorgeous - you know how to work the iPhone! :)

Margaret said...

I WILL be back to visit and comment - but first I must go exercise before it reaches 90 plus degrees.

manicddaily said...

Hi MZ, Kerry and all, I've been terribly busy of late and just haven't even been able to contemplate doing much for myself other than some pursuit of endorphins through exercise, but the prompt has been sitting with me so finally got something up. Thanks so much, MZ--the word count made me cut the original poem considerably much to its improvement, I think. k.

Priyanka Artiste said...

Very nice Prompt and wonderful photographs... they surely encouraged my creative juices to flow :)

Linked...cheers!