This is Michelle Beauchamp (“Mish”) bringing you today’s Poetics.
They fascinate me in so many ways….their ability to convey without words, their magnetic power of connection, confession of truth or lie and their genetic beauty passed down. Seeing the wonder in the eyes of a curious child is magical. It is my grandparents eyes that I remember the most now that they’ve passed. I am also intrigued by the way eyes usually maintain their appearance as we age, the constant as the rest of our body wrinkles and sags. (ahem, speaking for myself, of course).
Often it is the colour of someone’s eyes that we notice first. As we pen a poem about eyes, here are just a few alternative ways to describe their different hues.
BROWN – almond, bronze, chestnut, cognac, ginger, mahogany, cinnamon
BLUE – blueberry, gunmetal, cobalt, sapphire, denim, azureous, lagoon
GREEN – lime, artichoke, spring, sage, emerald, mint, cyan
BLACK – raven, ink, midnight, charcoal, oil-slick, slate, dusky
GREY – pewter, graphite, granite, ash, shadow, silvered, pearly
HAZEL – sepia, latte, auburn, terra-cotta, russet, khaki
There is more to eyes than colour such as shape, size, setting, flecks and streaks. One of my sons has the most distinct dark grey flecks along with his pools of blue.
But besides the unique physical features, there is something else, something more mesmerizing, something more abstract. Perhaps William Shakespeare said it best….
Eyes let us in to see the light and the joy but also the darkness and pain.
Eyes tell us stories. Some are more like open books. Others are elusive, mysterious and unclear. Sara Teasdale captured that elusiveness in the following poem.
“I Know the Stars”
I know the stars by their names,
And I know the path they take
Up heaven’s broad blue stair.
I know the secrets of men
By the look of their eyes,
Their gray thoughts, their strange thoughts
Have made me sad and wise.
But your eyes are dark to me
Though they seem to call and call—
I cannot tell if you love me
Or do not love me at all.
I know many things,
But the years come and go,
I shall die not knowing
The thing I long to know.
You have two choices for today’s prompt.
#1 Incorporate the theme of eyes into a poem. Write about the eyes of someone close to you, your own eyes or those of a fictional character.
#2 From your own collection or from an online resource of free images, such as pixabay.com, pexels.com or unsplash.com, choose a photo where the eyes speak to you, express an emotion or lure you in. What do you see? What are their eyes saying? What is their story?
Of course, no one said they have to be human eyes.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem of any style in response to the prompt.
- Post it on your blog or website.
- Add the direct URL and your name to Mr.Linky.
- Add a link to dVerse on your blog so others can find us and join in.
- Read and comment on the work of others.
- Pop into the pub to say hello. We are friendly folk.
Welcome friends…I have nothing punny to say today about “eyes” but the pub is fully stocked and I hope you enjoy the prompt. Chilly willy day here.
Good evening poets one and all! It’s been a very cold day with the prospect of a very cold night, and I’m shivering here in my study. If it gets too cold, I’ll duck out and come back in the morning.
Hi Kim…hope you are able to stay warm. I’ve been trying to make friends with the weather these days, determined to go for walks (with the exception of a blizzard) . These days its my only outing besides the occasional grocery store.
Hello to our host and pub poets! My attempt at punny…the “eyes” (ayes) have it 🙂
Hello lynn..oh thanks for that. Someone had to. 😉 Thanks for joining in.
Thanks for hosting, Mish! Just got off the treadmill — yes, we purchased one a week or so ago. Quite the trial to get the huge box in the elevator and up to our condo — and even more of a challenge to get the longest widest part round the curve in our hallway, then through the doorframe into our study (had to take the door off the frame). But it’s in….and on this cold and windy Boston day, very nice to get in a peppy long walk on it!
I look forward to reading the posts for this prompt! As soon as I saw the word “eyes” I thought of the photo I used for my post. Did some research on it then and found out even more about its history.
Hi Lil…yes, those treadmills come in handy! I love the journey the prompt took you on. Wonderful. 🙂
Hello Mish and All. It has also been very cold here. I had to relocate my computer to a place in the house with heat above 50 and now there are some technical difficulties. It’s a blessing I was able to pull this post together. Wonderful prompt, Mish! If you’re pouring, I’ll take a hot tea with a shot of O’Mara’s please 🙂
Mmmm…coming right up! 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I could not help to think about how eye rhymes with lie… and how often we are fooled by the honesty of a stare.
Hi Bjorn. So true! Eyes do lie……and sometimes very well, unfortunately.
Thanks so much for hosting Mish. Love the eyes prompt. Keep warm and cozy with our crazy cold weather.
Hi Grace 🙂 So glad you like the prompt. Yes it is crazy cold. I dug out my wool socks today. Many people on our street have their Christmas lights up already which does match the weather.
thank you for the eyes. it is exactly what yesterdays piece needed for me to finish it.
my wife wants me to add our xmas ights to our colourful street. this year i plan to be the last instead of the first to puy out our lights.
I’m glad that worked for you!
We bought one of those projectors a couple years ago, no more climbing the roof.
Very prompty, Mish. Thanks!
Can’t wait to start reading!
Hi Ron…I hope “prompty” was just what you needed today. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Hi Mish, thank you for hosting. Great prompt! I love the nature and essence of eyes. Therein like the secrets of the soul, the reflection of the heart, the pathway to the truth.
This will be wonderful to embrace for inspiration. 🙂
Thanks Rob! I look forward to the read. 🙂
Needed to balance my offerings today, so I posted a 2nd.
combined with a quadrille of possibility…(K)
I enjoyed the collaboration!
I love this prompt, Mish. Eyes, show so much depth and emotion. Thank you so much for hosting.
My pleasure. Thanks for joining in with the prompt! 🙂
My pleasure, Mish. 😊
M Jay Dixit said:
Hello Mish, thanks for hosting. I absolutely enjoyed writing for this prompt! I’ve submitted my lyrics/poem. I hope you’ll enjoy them too.
I adored your poem. So glad you enjoyed the theme.
What a delightful prompt Mish, the eyes have it, they have a language of their own that runs deep.
Thank you. 🙂 They really do speak, though we may not always interpret them correctly…we try.
That is so true Mish 🙂
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Mish- Wonderful Prompt. Sorry I didn’t;t make it here yesterday; my husband had a medical procedure and I was caring for him.
Husbands come first. Hope he is recovering well. Thanks for finding time to join in. 🙂