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.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Words Count With Mama Zen

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Words Count with Mama Zen ekphrasis challenge!  Step right up and let the following vintage photos take you back to the circuses of days gone by. Be delighted!  Be amazed!  Be inspired . . . and write a poem of 60 words or less.


Circus girl smokes while rehearsing her stunts. 
Nina Leen, 1949.
Circus Girl Smokes While Rehearsing Her Stunts; Nina Leen, 1949


fortune teller. early 1870s
Fortune Teller, 1870s

John Gutmann, 1935:
John Gutmann, 1935

circus ~:
Unknown; via pinterest


Fireblossom said...

This is awesome. I may have to write more than one.

Sioux said...

MZ--I agree with Shay. The photos were great. I jumped on the first one, but each one was rich with possibilities.

And cleanliness isn't next to godliness. Brevity is.

hedgewitch said...

Thanks for the inspiration MZ--who could not write to one of these?

Buddah Moskowitz said...

With apologies to Tod Browning.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hi kids, an intriguing prompt this rainy day. Sioux, when I click on your link, it takes me to your blog with a "this page is not available" sign.I'll check back later.

Jim said...

Fun to write. Nice pictures too. And I needed RTFD as my first was targeted for the usual 55.

angieinspired said...

Love, love, love this MZ. In another life, I'd be a trapeze artist.

Outlawyer said...

super cool pics, MZ. k.

Margaret said...

What stories these images provoke!

Susie Clevenger said...

Great Images!!

brudberg said...

I wonder what my fortunes tell... I will be back later to read you all.. :-)

brudberg said...

The correct link to Sioux's poem is

Carol Campbell said...

I went to a little bit of a bitter place for this one! Thanks for a thought provoking prompt, Mama Zen!