to a fault
you fearlessly
pull down the temple
(in three)
and reconstruct it
into a lopsided carnival
of colour.

we stumble
from one polygon
to the next,
falling from ochre into turquoise.

You laugh at the tension,
taking equilibrium
and tipping it on its head.

We won’t sleep
until each part adds to the sum
rather than striving alone to be the whole.

But perhaps you mean
to separate
the sheep from the goats?


Here we go!
(Well, in my case, a little more like GloPoWriMo.)

In case you are unfamiliar with the acronym, that’s NationalPoetryWritingMonth (or Global, for those of us who are outside of the USA). NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. (For more information, check out the NaPoWriMo page.)

Once again I will write a poem each day of April and post my efforts here. I will try to follow the prompts on the NaPoWriMo page, but may deviate from time to time. WHY NOT CONSIDER JOINING US? 🙂

Today we have an early-bird prompt (for those of us who arrive at 1 April sooner than the Americans AND for those of us who want to warm up).

We are challenged to find a piece of art from the online galleries of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and write a poem. And so, I present mine. I chose Temple Gardens by Paul Klee. I was drawn to the painting, the bold colours, the simple shapes. But something didn’t sit quite right with me. Upon reading the accompanying text, I realised that I wanted the painting to be much more symmetrical and balanced, more the way it was before Klee cut it up and rearranged the pieces.

Temple Gardens (as the artist’s finished piece)
Temple Gardens (as it may have looked before it was finished)