Stained Glass: A Poem Challenge

Colors in sunlight
Shining through broken glass shards
Creating mind stories


Your challenge is this:
Tell us what your creative mind
Sees in stained glass

p.s. you get extra credit if you write your comment as a haiku. Keep in mind, what I wrote isn’t TRUE haiku, especially the second verse. I cheated and so, you have my permission to cheat as well, but do keep to the syllable count of 5-7-5. If you need help with this, go here. :~)

Artist of the Day

© Jean Sampson

Today, I welcome Jean Sampson as the “Artist of the Day.” You’ve seen her comments at my site, but did you know she’s a gifted artist and poet? I invited her to share some of her art and poetry at A Sharing Connection. Luckily, she took me up on it and now, my luck is your luck:~) My introduction of her is brief because I want Jean to tell you in her own words how she feels about painting.

“Sometimes I finish a painting in one day. When that happens, I am surprised and a little disappointed because I like nothing better than to create chaos on my canvas and, then, over weeks,  months or years, engage the painting in a dance (some would say a battle) which involves my applying more color to an already thickly painted surface.

I look at a painting-in-progress until an area “calls” me to try a certain color somewhere or to scratch into the paint in another area. From years of experience, I know there is nothing I can do to “ruin” this piece of artwork. It will go through ugly, disharmonious stages many times on its journey to completion. This process finally wears my “inner critic” out. She/he stops annoying me, as I welcome chaos whenever it appears!

Painting is a delightful journey with many side-trips, an exploration of color, shape, line, texture, emotions, and the question: “I wonder what would happen if…?”

© Jean Sampson

Here is the secret.
Color defines form and space…
You invent the rest.

© Jean Sampson

Shapes, lines on the loose,
color not tethered to things…

© Jean Sampson

Trees dancing with wind,
wild color stealing light’s glow…
music without words.

About Jean

Jean is an abstract painter, woodworker and poet. She teaches art and has her studio in the old McGuffey Elementary School building where she went to grade school. The school is now the McGuffey Art Center.

She lives in the same house where she was raised and met her husband, Bill, in high school. They decided not to have children but to have cats instead. While they’ve been the servants adoptive parents of many cats, they currently reside with Hector a.k.a. Hecky-Wecky, an adorable Tuxedo male, who runs the house.

Jean teaches art classes for non-artists or people who think they don’t have any talent. She proves them wrong! Jean believes no student should be pushed or criticized and she teaches her students to never give up on a painting.

She says, “I teach color and design and other arty stuff—-but the real lesson is to never judge your painting as “awful” because “awful” is just the underpainting. We tear up the inner critic in my classes!”

You can see more of Jean’s beautiful painting and woodwork. I’ve already visited and it’s a trip you don’t want to miss:~)


Poem Work: How to Write Haiku

Haiku Syllables

For this poetry challenge, I wanted to learn how to write Haiku poetry. This type of poetry is structured in how it’s written. The most common form consists of a three-line stanza that has a total of 17 syllables, written with this pattern: Line One – 5 syllables, Line Two – 7 syllables and Line Three – 5 syllables.

I quickly realized that the first thing I had to do was remember how to count syllables again:~) I did what I used to do as a child, which is to tap my hand as I said the word. If I tapped once, the word had one syllable; twice it had two syllables, and so on.

Sometimes, this didn’t work so well. So, I did what any good blogger would do and went to visit Google. I found a syllable checker which allowed me to check my words for how many syllables were in them. Whatever did we do before Google?

Writing Haiku

For me, writing a Haiku poem was hard:~) As I started writing, I found that I couldn’t stop the poem at three lines. Before I knew it, I had written more verses.

While my poems all use the 5-7-5 Haiku structure, they aren’t true Haiku poetry, but rather my adaptation of it. I hope you enjoy them and forgive me for not being faithful to true meaning of Haiku poetry.

Coming Storm

Wind from storm picks up
Neighbor chimes sound like church bells
Birds fly home to trees

Old dog walks slowly
Thunder cries hurry inside
Too late; rain falls hard

Wet dog and scared me
Shake off the raindrops that fell
Pleased to be home safe.

Cycle of Life

Seeds sink into ground
Green bud raises flimsy stem
Flower opens in time

Dead flower falls down
Spreading seeds all over ground
Rain washes the seeds

Sun warms up wet floor
Tiny seeds couple with soil
Nature’s womb quickens

Life is a cycle
From planting seeds for flowers
To a baby’s cry

Lazy Cat

The lazy cat sleeps
Comfy in her double bed
Waiting to be fed

The lazy cat sleeps
Thunder booms loudly outside
Cat finds place to hide.

The scared cat must wait
Hidden away for storm to pass
No cat food alas

The scared cat comes out
Eats her fill, crunch, crunch, and then
The lazy cat sleeps

Closing thought: From now on, I’m going to include a section in these challenge posts about what I learned.

For this one, I learned that it’s important for me to have a beginning, middle and end with my writing. This is probably why story or narrative writing is my favorite.:~) Even so, I really enjoyed the structure and challenge of Haiku.

What about you?

How do you feel about Haiku poetry?

What’s your favorite kind of poetry?

Are you up for a dare? Can you write your comment in the Haiku style? More than three lines are allowed, but keep to the 5-7-5 structure.