Any photo can inspire a memory
Any memory can inspire a story
With each passing day of spring, days grow a little longer, the sun shines a little brighter and gardens bloom in gay profusion. Birdsong wakes me every morning, and soft breezes beckon me outdoors. The gardenia-perfumed air kisses my face with cool, fragrant delight. Oh my! I could stay out here forever!
But instead, I think I’ll go a’wandering down some new lane and create memories to warm me through my winters. Or provide refreshing coolness in the coming summer heat. I love to walk through neighborhoods I’ve never visited before, or discover hidden paths through a leafy bit of woods. And if the day’s too hot to walk, just climb into the car and go exploring.
I remember that day years ago when my husband and I, newly met, rode out together on a lovely spring morning to discover new places and create our own memories—and we happened upon a picturesque little village.
Soda Shop Stop
in a small little town
where we’d stopped to watch a fair—
a festival scene
on a grassy green—
a party in ginger-ale air.
In that small soda shop
with its bent iron chairs
sitting outside by the door
in the heat of the moment
to rest a moment or more.
In the heat of the moment
to share a cone
of chocolate ice cream
mounded round as a dream
and dripping its own
tongue-licking cool cream.
Which I licked with you
making swirls of my own
with my tongue glistening pink on that coldness—
for to lick your skin would be a sin
condemned for boldness.
~ Elizabeth Guy
“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”
Don’t you love to conjure up old favorite memories? I certainly do! And when I couple them with photos taken on along the many journeys I have made, the experiences seem all too new again. Exciting with their promise, bittersweet with their completion. Satisfying, nonetheless.
All this and springtime too!
Every photo I have brings back a story.
What stories do your photos tell?
I’ll be on vacation—and eating ice cream! And making new memories.
Back in two weeks...
Mouthful of ice cream
Cool green grass beneath bare feet
Smiling summer days
Also, visit my co-author's blog at http://hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com
See his ten-part series on photo prompts to inspire writing at http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/kellner/
And Don’t Miss…
English teacher Mara Dukats and writer-photographer Cynthia Staples’ poems “white on white” and “The Absence of Color.” They’re in Part Four of Hank Kellner’s twelve-part series THE POWER OF PHOTOS TO INSPIRE WRITING at the Creativity Portal website http://gazette.teachers.net/gazette/wordpress/hank-kellner/using-poems-and-photos-to-inspire-writing-part-4/, as well as Anna J. Small’s writing assignment in "Viewing and Writing about Photos from Around the World"
Also, read more about Reflect and Write in the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL http://www.slj.com/2013/03/curriculum-connections/meeting-the-ccss-through-poetry-professional-shelf/
Another Helpful Source for Inspiration
For more photos and information not included in this blog, please visit http://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.aspx. 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.