Lillian here, hosting today’s Poetics at dVerse.
As some of you may know, since our rejuvenatement (never say retirement) my husband and I have traveled quite a bit – mainly by cruising – which we never ever thought we would enjoy. We’ve found it a wonderful way to explore the world and get a taste of places we would not see otherwise. In January 2019, we will fly into Santiago, Chile and take a day’s drive to Valparaiso, stopping along the way to enjoy the countrside and sites. We’ll spend five days exploring Valparaiso before boarding our ship. We’re told the city’s street art is a must-see. Which got me to thinking . . . what do street artists have in mind when they paint their scenes? How do people view it/interpret it? Does it appear to have a different meaning three years after it’s painted? Four? Seven? Is there a message within the painting?
For today’s poetics, I’ve selected five street art images posted at Pixabay.com
Pick one and be inspired by it! Let the image be your starting point and jump off into the world of creativity with your words. Maybe you’re imagining the artist’s life, intent, perspective. Or maybe you’ll actually place yourself IN the street art image. Or perhaps the image will spark a memory or an idea; or catapult you into a make-believe place, event or time. The only requirement for today’s Poetics is that you post the image you’re writing about. You can simply click on one of the images below and copy/paste it to your blog. No attribution necessary since images are from Pixabay.com and in public domain. Looking forward to walking down the street with you!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! Hoping to take a walk down the street with all of you today! I went a bit whimsical and fun-hearted with my post. Looking forward to seeing the street-side of you today 🙂
Happy Tuesday, Lill.! I really enjoyed looking at the street art – whenever David and I go away, I look out for it. There’s lots in Europe and quite a lot around London but not so much up here in Norfolk.
It really is amazing, right? SOOOO looking forward to the street “galleries” in Valparaiso!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I love graffiti and these images where all worth a poem… thank you for this.
So glad you enjoyed, Bjorn! So we’ll see 5 poems from you for this post??? 🙂 Would LOVE that! Or maybe a peom that shares two images? That would be cool too!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I might do one more at least… but I’m way behind on commenting… I had to get a new PC… the old one started to sound funny.
Ah I understand….but maybe give yourself a bit of a break on the commenting. We all know you are one of the souls of this site….would LOVE to see more posts from you on these pics. But I do understand…
Same here! Hi Bjorn!
Vivian Zems said:
Hi Lillian! I absolutely love street art. Great prompt. Make sure you share images from Chile, when you go😊
Will do! I’m sure we’ll enjoy seeing the street art there! Coming up soon…we leave Jan 2 so I’ll be away from dVerse for about a month…which means only posting occastionally and not having the opportunity to read and comment as we’ll be aboard a ship when not out on excursions…so limited internet. BUT – we will be five days in Valparaiso, Chile first!
Vivian Zems said:
I’m so jealous 😉. Good for you!
We have streets dedicated to artists, including the famous Graffiti Street. Thanks for hosting Lillian ~
Oooooh….would LOVE to see that street and some of its images! 🙂
I AM NOT JEALOUS AT ALL!!! What an amazing sounding trip – I hope you have a fantastic time. Maybe you’ll be able to inspire us with some of your images? That would be wonderful. Thanks for this prompt.
We are so looking forward to this trip….we’ll actually be gone 34 days…5 in Valparaiso to begin on land…then the rest on a cruise ship with jaunts on land at ports….all around S. America and then Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. We must pack for 46 to 87 degree F weather 🙂 Glad you like the prompt!
34 days! Wow. You must be taking your entire wardrobe to cope with the weather changes. I hope you have a wonderful time.
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Lillian! I liked the flower street art best.
It’s a wonderfully bright and cheerful one! And your photograph is so similar 🙂
Nice. Love street art. There is a street art competition not too far from here that I go to each year.
When I am overseas on my humanitarian aid trips I always look as well. Even found one in Nepal. Dharan, actually.
Cool prompt. I will read a few. Probably will not be linking.
Will put these in my backpocket though for a rainy day write.
So glad to see you here today! I will definitely like to ride along with you, for when you take these out of your backpacket! 🙂 If you change your mind and the muse strikes, the prompt will be open till about 1 pm on Thursday.
And I would LOVE to attend that street art competition! 🙂
When I choose to write, I will drop you a line.
Not sure if this qualifies ( “The only requirement for today’s Poetics is that you post the image you’re writing about”.But, I am looking forward to reading pieces of the responses to the great street art you captured.
Read away….always happy to have folks visit dVerse…and today, walk the streets with us to view the street art! 🙂 Many fun posts. Have fun reading….and do a post of your own if so inspired! 🙂
Sadly, your post did not relate to the prompt today….did not include one of the five images above and the post was not about one of the images above. I loved the post — but it wasn’t related to the prompt. Please do pick an image above and write about it as the prompt suggests. Would really love to see your thoughts on one of these five images! 🙂
Charmed Chaos said:
One of my favorite topics- street art! Great prompt Lillian. Working on something now- should have it posted in the morning.
Hurrah! I’ll be looking for it as I’m drinking my nice hot cup of coffee in the AM! 🙂
Frank J. Tassone said:
Great samples of street art, Lillian. My son chose the image that I wrote about!
Very fun to involve your son! Glad you’re enjoying the prompt….has really been fun to see the choices and the way folks are reacting to them! Will mosey over to read yours now. Thanks for participating, Frank! And happy Tuesday!
Taking a break for dinner and a few tv shows. Bar is open….sangria and iced tea on the bar….coffee in the silver urn behind the bar. Help yourself — light’s on. And I’ll be back to peruse the street views later tonight and tomorrow too! ENJOY!
Thank you for hosting and offering us street art for inspiration.
I always enjoy hosting at dVerse…..glad you like the prompt! 🙂
Back tending the pub today. I’ll be in and out….a sunny but crisply cold day in Boston tomorrow with rain predicted all day tomorrow…so will get errands etc today. Pub is open with libations and street art available….enjoy! And be assured, I’ll be viewing all your posts — takin’ walks down the street with you!
So impressive and deep! https://wp.me/p9t3QW-4V