Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Photo and a Poem - One woman's recipe

"Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone."
~William Albert Allard, American Photographer

Oh, I agree!  Combinations of pictures and words are designed to communicate ideas.  Those ideas can inspire your writing.  Consider the following example.  You could probably sit right down and produce a volume of writing about this combination of a photo, a poem, and a couple of quotes.  Consider it a triple whammy!


“It was a friendly divorce,”
she said.
She raised her glass
and laughed,

I got    the house
               the money     
               the car
               and the kids

He got – the marmalade cat
               and the shaft.”
”He taught me housekeeping — when I divorce I keep the house.”

     Let’s face it. Sometimes life gets so bad, you just have to laugh.  Or kill yourself.  Personally, I recommend the former.  Divorce, of course, has been around for a long time.  Voltaire, the French writer, philosopher and playwright known for his wit, opined over two hundred years ago, "Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage.  I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient."

     Of course, back in Voltaire’s day divorce was not so common.  Nowadays, divorce seems to be the norm.  But anyone going through it probably feels like a walking cliché.  How appalling.

     I hate to admit it, but it’s all grist for the writer’s mill.  So, here's my recipe:  Take one divorce, add a cupful of humor, and a cupful of belief in a better tomorrow.  Voila!  Lemonade!  (This is actually my mother's recipe.  She kept it in a lidded box along with some doilies.)

Have you ever used artistic expression to deal with tragic loss?

Coming next week ~
Run a stick along a picket fence

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See his ten-part series on photo prompts to inspire writing at

Another Helpful Source for Inspiration

For more photos and information not included in this blog, please visit Reflect and Write contains more than 300 poems and photos; keywords; quotations; either “Inspiration” or “Challenge” prompts; a “Themes to Explore” section; a “Twelve Ways to Inspire Your Students” section; a special “Internet Resources” section, and more. Includes CD with photos and poems from the book. Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner and Elizabeth Guy (Prufrock Press, 2013), 153 pages, $24.95.

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