Sunday, April 14, 2013

Monsters ..en plein air ......





I was four when one dark night lightning struck; 
I, in my jammies in Grandma's kitchen, 
a perfect rendezvous, weather just right
Electric missile shards knifed the cold air,
merging monstrous clapping thunderhead clouds,
terrified me at very first sight 
"Don't' worry" she said, reassuring me
" it's just clowns bumping their heads together.."
but my fear heightened as the sound carried
I imagined big fat heads colliding,
frowning mean rumbling clowns surrounding us -
We peered out the window; they moved closer
I saw them then, painted grumpy faces
ominous charcoal folds, falling over 
one another, wind blowing hardily;
misshapen faces, dark purple rain filled,
 threatening, stormy, jet grey bluish-green,
slamming the ceiling door, cracking loudly
Changing moods - as extensive as our own,
more flashes of light and serious BOOMS! 
Then a bruising downpour on the pavement
"Monster clowns, Grandma, may I sleep with you..
please?" But later when the storm subsided,
I looked up again ..now the clown faces 
had changed; were they a foe or protector?
All of a sudden they seemed friendly, wise
 As she took my hand, I turned and looked back,
 didn't tell grandma they winked at me
I gave them all names as they left my sight
Sleeping, in my dreams they sometimes rumbled
and ranted, but I was never afraid 
In funny clown hats, they had a flair for 
simply returning in another disguise,
sometimes they tried giving me a good scare
blase` was I,  for they were my allies
So now on a given summery day
I paint them on canvas and 'en plein air'


  

Tonight is 'poetics' at  dversepoets.com  and Brian   
invites us to write about monsters,  scary, nice, or whatever
For a long time in my childhood I believed in the image instilled in my mind by my grandmother when she spoke of storm clouds in the sky.  I was sure she used the word 'clowns' instead of 'clouds';  not until I was old enough to understand what she really meant did I realize it, but I still think about it every time there is a thunder storm.  My brother corroborates my story; she did use the word clowns.  How many faces to you see in the quick painting I did?
There are 8 after I added in Emmett Kelley in the lower left and a clip art shot in the lower center.





































































































































27 comments:

  1. i am glad they were allies....for many the clowns are rather scary...ha on the clowns being responsible for the thunder...cool pic too...there are 6 clowns tha immediately jump out at me...i am sure there are more but i am still waking up...ha..

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  2. nice...very cool painting and how cool to find the faces in the clouds, giving them names and making them an ally..

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  3. I enjoyed the story of clouds as clowns ~ I imagine them before to be animals racing across the sky ~ Cool painting as well, maybe 8 faces there but the clown in the middle left is clearly visible ~ Good one Katy ~

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    1. 8 faces is correct..thanks, Heaven..

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  4. Clowns are really scary... and seeing the clouds like clowns sounds really scary.

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  5. Well, that's one way of looking at storm clouds. Pretty cool. And thank goodness for grandmas, too. Nice retelling of an event that at the time must have been scary.

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  6. I tried hard to read this, but the background overpowered the font, and I just could not persevere. It seems you must have changed something, as I never had this kind of trouble before. Sorry.

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    1. Mary I just changed the color of the font to see if that helps you. So far no one else has said anything. I hope you can read it now. Thanks.

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  7. Excellent! This is truly a quality write in so many ways! I love the story, and the telling is wonderful! I love it!

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  8. I loved the flow of this Katy, a child's perception of what could be a monster.

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  9. Incredible writing and a great theme. I think so many of us have a fear of the clown image. I liked how the little girl became comforted by the clowns.

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  10. You wrote well about thunderstorms as monsters. Two of my children were very scared of thunderstorms and would sometimes wake-up to them screaming. Now, they are coming to terms with them. :-)

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  11. This is just wonderful storytelling.

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  12. That is such a wonderful story! The painting is amazing also.

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  13. thank you...really the painting was a hurried mess ;) glad you liked the story ;)

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  14. this really gave me the chills... clowns are scary!
    love what you did here... wonderful work!

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  15. wonderfully painted. I said the same to my children years ago, that it is clouds bumping their heads together. My husband suggested I talk to them about physics. So, I did. But the heads...that is some wonderful poetry. I really loved every bit of this piece.

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  16. ...really nice of you to say; it isn't one of my own favorites, but I always wanted to tell the story - and she did used the word 'clowns'. I'll bet your kids remember well.

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  17. Great narrative, Katy, I have a poem about coulrophobia ~ but it's not as nice as yours :)

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  18. Hi Katy

    I was IN this from the start and held tight to your words thru to the end. It is fantastic how we adopt and adapt and re-view these kind of past shapes and in-movies and how we attach and develop meaning depending on circumstance and situation . . . how we interpret the shapes in the subjective sky in accordance with what we do or more often then not DONT want to see. all the best K :)

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  19. ..my goodness, thank you Aaron; yes, the human soul has a way of protecting itself that is uncanny...and I understand even under circumstances of prolonged pain and torture...glad you liked it;)

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