Art Poetry 2019 – Bob Evans and Michelle Benjamin

For our 2019 Art & Poetry pairing, one pairing was with poet Michelle Benjamin and artist Bob Evans.

Here are the works they created!

Bob Evans provided this artwork to Michelle:

In response, Michelle wrote the following poem:

The Wait

Bare, stripped, desolate it stands.
The head of the Earth showing its wear,
yet only for a season.

Mesmerized by its white on white,
its blues, its grays.
Feeling its chill,
yet only for a season.

Chirping, howling,
scattering, gathering.
Sounds of life archived,
yet only for a season.

A living water, a beacon of hope,
a sign of things yet to come!
Still present a deep sleep,
yet only for a season.

The second half of this pairing involved Michelle giving Bob a poem as a starting point. Michelle provided this poem:


Tick, tick, tick
Mutters the clock.

Quick, quick, quick
Jump out of bed!

Ick, ick, ick
no more coffee?

Lick, lick, lick
yesterday’s mug.

Stick, stick, stick
snow on my car.

Slick, slick, slick
slippery commute.

Kick, kick, kick
snow off my boots.

Pick, pick, pick
seat with a view.

Thick, thick, thick
aroma of brew!

In response, Bob provided this artwork:

2019 Art-Poetry Pairing main page