When I visit art galleries and fine arts museums, I’m always entranced by self-portraits. It’s one thing to sit for a portrait and let another’s brush strokes try to replicate skin tone, eye color, and hair. But that doesn’t really do it, does it? Artists are still projecting their skills and their perceptions into the portrait of another person. But when you look at a self-portrait, does it tell you more?
I’ve also always found it kind of frightening to look at photographs of me. That’s really what I looked like at that moment in time….at least from that angle. And really, life is about angles, right?
For today’s Quadrille (a poem of 44 words: no more, no less – not including the title), create a self-portrait. Perhaps it will be a snapshot of you in some moment of time. Or a taste of your tastes. Or a glimpse into the conglomeration of you — are we perhaps the ultimate nesting doll? Many of us post photos or images with our poems so in this instance, it could be a recent photo; a photo taken in your sepia days; a picture of something you cherish that in essence tells us who you are; an abstract drawing or a flower or animal or color that you ascribe to yourself. Try to make the image complementary to your words.
So, think about it for awhile. Who are you? No one word to include in this prompt….just asking you to create some type of self portrait that you’re comfortable sharing. Let your words be your palette and make broad or fine brush strokes as you wish. You’re the artist here!
Here’s some self-portraits I thought you might enjoy seeing. Do you recognize some of them? Wonder what would have happened had these artists used words instead of a brush?
As always please do observe the “rules of conduct” for dVerse – and for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:
- Write a self-portrait poem, as the prompt suggests, and post it to your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
- On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse
- If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
- And most importantly, please do read some of the other responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too!
Happy Monday, everyone! Bar’s open so step right up and have some poetic libations! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the prompt today — excited to see the “snapshots” you provide.
Hi Lillian! Thank you for posting and thank you for this prompt. I’m sure we will all have a great time reading these. And thank you to the person who linked me up!
Love love love your portrait (words and photo too!). Think we will have fun reading these 🙂
I think so too!
It has been fun. I am starting to catch up on my reading. Wonderful portraits.
It was really fun to “meet” all our folks in such detail!
Such an interesting twist to the quadrille prompt Lillian. I am eager to know more about our poets & writers.
Thanks for hosting. Happy Monday!!!
I’m thinking this will be a fun day at the pub! 🙂 Just moseyed over to read yours — wonderful!
I will see you all later! It’s green bean canning time around the old homestead.
28 qts. worth of beans, 22 of tomatoes. Nice weeks work!
Wow! You’re setting up for a delicious winter 🙂
What an awesome prompt.
So glad you like it! Hope you’ll join in and share with pub readers. The more the merrier!
Doing a self- portrait is a bit of challenge, I can imagine as you see yourself differently than what others see.
Also, its a Monday holiday here in Canada, and we have been enjoying the summer outdoors. Lots of things happening outside like festivals and camps.
Yes — that’s the challenge right. How do we present ourselves….and if we look back at our words six months from now, will they still ring true? 🙂 An interesting exercise — kind of a sketching process. Although I think we’ll find a mural from some, and just a cameo from others!
A bit cloudy in Boston today — but temperatures much more manageable!
Happy Monday, everyone, and thank you, Lillian for being our hostess today. I really enjoyed your idea. I used as my inspiration a small, school photo of me when I was in 1st grade. I love the happy twinkle in my eyes!
Oh those grade school photos 🙂
If I have it with me, I would also post one, smiles.
brian miller said:
Really an interesting prompt. The brevity will force you to make some interesting choices.
Its been a crazy busy day – car broke down / emergency oral surgery / and my interview over at PoetsU, so will see what I can do – eventually.
Glad you like the prompt and yes — the 44 words means a mural will be tough 😊.
Emergency oral surgery — does not sound good. Hope the rest of your day goes better!
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Dang. Dental surgery. EVERYONE–do read Brian’s interview at Poets United. It is amazing.
Amazing, indeed! Hope it’s okay to link it here:
So hope to see you here, Brian; your words are stunning. Sorry about the oral surgery – Ice, Ice, Baby! Unless you are a Bowie fan, then apply ‘Pressure’ the music is the same, either way 🙂
Well …. thank you for the prompt. It’s one of those occasions when I’m looking forward to reading other peoples’, not so sure about having other people read mine. Maybe I need a glass of something to loosen me up!
Hey Sarah! I just ordered us a couple of sangrias. Pull up a bar stool !
Just what I needed! A bit of summer!
I’m serving cold Chardonnay and fun-loving words at the bar today. Read some others and then let it rip!! Maybe serve your words up with a twist: writing from the perspective of an animal you relate to (I’d be a chimpanzee) or a food type (I’d definitely be ganache type desserts)! Have fun with it. Just be comfortable with it – a moment in time perhaps. Look forward to reading your cameo 😊
Hi again, Sarah! I see you beat me to the punch — er Sangria! 😊. Nice one!!
Beautiful prompt, Lillian! I’m searching for a photo and then I will link 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll have a sangria, please. 😉 Looking at Sarahwouthwest (above), make it two.
Doubles coming right up — with lots of fresh fruit for just the right kick! 🎉
Forty-four words to reveal the true, the sensitive, the quintessential me? Too many! Ah, well… Dasani neat; in the bottle if you please. I prefer the taste of plastic.
Shall it be chilled? 😊
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Fun yet challenging prompt to do in 44 words. I went with metaphor. I, no doubt, with edit this later, expand it a bit. Thanks Lillian. Have a busy day today but will return a bit later to begin to see how you all word-paint your self-portrait.
Glad you liked the prompt. The snapshots have been very fun to read!
Arcadia Maria said:
I found this prompt to be easy for some odd reason. Looking forward to reading other posts.
So glad you enjoyed!
I would love a glass of chilled chardonnay….
This is a most creative prompt, Lillian. Looking forward to the gallery of responses!
Chardonnay with an array of wonderful words coming your way!
Thanks for hosting, Lillian! Hope everyone’s Monday was wonderful. 🙂
I am so enjoying reading everyone’s poetry! It’s getting late here, but will definitely be back to read more tomorrow! 🙂
Last call at the bar. Will be open in the AM. Glad you’re enjoying!
Closing out the bar — last call till the morrow.
Good morning dVerse poets! After a successful choir rehearsal, at which we cracked ‘Rolling in the Deep’, I was looking forward to the Quadrille prompt – and it’s an excellent one, Lillian, that stumped me at first. I hate seeing myself in photographs and usually avoid the camera, preferring to be the one behind it. But recently I was asked for some portrait photographs and didn’t have any recent ones, let alone portraits. A teenage girl I used to teach, who helps out with library events and is also a singer-songwriter, offered to take photographs in the relaxed environment outside the library and the results were a huge surprise. She has a wonderful way with the camera and knows me very well, as you will see. I’m off to post it now and am looking forward to reading portraits!
Good morning — so glad you got beyond the “stump” and enjoyed the prompt. I think you hit the nail on the head — if the photography is done in a relaxed place, in a relaxed manner, it will usually turn out pleasing to our eye. It’s those formal ones — or everyone say “cheese” that get me. 🙂
Rosemary Nissen-Wade said:
Thank you, Lillian. Nice to get back into the quadrilles. My self-portrait is Janus-faced. (But I only have a photo of one of them.)
Will meander over now to read. I agree. I really like the quadrille too!
Bar is open this morning. Serving nice steaming coffees — and for those of you who want a few vitamins/vegetables thrown in, Bloody Mary with celery stick and pickled carrot stirrer!
Just caught up on all the posts. SO FUN to get these glimpses of everyone – I feel like we’ve all been sitting on the dVerse bar stools getting to know each other! 😊☕️🍷🍹🍺. Bar’s still open — but must say, THANKS to everyone for the portraits you’ve shared!