Meeting the Bar: Impressionism

Today Bjorn is Pubtender and is prompting us to write impressionist poetry, based on impressionist paintings.  Splashes of color, some scents, some cooking, some blurred edges – all the hallmarks of the great Impressionists, including Claude Monet.  Come visit us at the Pub and view the artisitic offerings:  Meet the Bar with impressionism

Water Lilies in the Kitchen 
In the lemon yellow kitchen
Sunday dinner is being prepared.
aromas of fried chicken and pot roast
mingle with scents of onion, celery, bell peppers
and the sizzle of the fried chicken competes with
the sound of birds outside.
through the wide window framed with red maple
and blue and white curtains
the bright jade green summer lawn
runs to meet the azure sky.
The heavy leafed trees comb
the sky clear of purest white clouds.
Inside the kitchen
the tender green perfume of freshly cut herbs
float on the heavier scents
like water lilies on a pond.

Water lilies – detail from Claude Monet

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 15:21:22

    i really loved how you made the scents to colors… especially love the simile of the scent of herbs being like the lilies on a pond.


  2. kim881
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 15:36:01

    I love the way you’ve capture not only colour but also scents and sounds. I want to be in that lemon yellow kitchen with you, Toni!


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 16, 2017 @ 15:38:30

      Come on Kim! It’s big enough for a crowd!!!.. except when I am canning or preserving. Then there’s only room enough for me and one helper.

      Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®|PRO


  3. frankhubeny
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 16:20:48

    I like the sounds of the kitchen competing with the birds, the blue and white curtains framing the grass and trees outside, and the scent of fresh herbs floating like water lilies in a pool of scent.


  4. Candy
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 16:30:11

    This is a delight for the senses! And now I’m feeling peckish 😉


  5. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 16:52:09

    Oh my! Such a lovely picture you’ve painted for us. Beautiful.


  6. Kathy Reed
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 17:16:27

    Oh, I like the purest white clouds reflection and the perfume of freshly cut herbs!
    How nice to see Monet outside your kitchen window, Toni.


  7. erbiage
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 17:24:28

    Really nice. The wide window frame is a hard division but it makes for an excellent transition from smells to colors. Well done!


  8. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 17:34:57

    Your involvement of the senses–scent and vision especially–are just outstanding and I’m about to drool on my laptop.


  9. Grace
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 17:43:30

    Heavenly food like waterlilies on a pond – divine feast Toni !


  10. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 17:52:30

    Your piece is sterling, genuine painting with words, in short bursts; wonderful, kicked the socks off the prompt. I like the lines /the heavy leafed trees comb/the sky year of purist white clouds/.


  11. ladynyo
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 18:52:39

    Will you adopt me? Can I come and live in your kitchen? this certainly fills the prompt.


  12. lynn__
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 19:06:17

    My mother’s kitchen was lemon yellow…thanks for the wonderful aromas here!


  13. Singledust
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 19:11:35

    love the way scents translated into colours – that was so original and how cooking should be, colours, textures, smells and lots of sprinkling from outdoors to inside that infuse the senses with desire for food and to be fully satisfied.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 16, 2017 @ 22:16:05

      Thank you. Food and cooking have been important to me since I had to stand in a chair to watch my father cook.


      • Singledust
        Mar 17, 2017 @ 00:50:35

        My youngest son loves to cook and used to do just that, watch me in the kitchen, high stool peering over the stove and smelling the ingredients and touching them before I put them in. He will be in training as a chef after high school. I am tickled to imagine you doing that as a child, it brings such lovely memories of my own to mind.


  14. machinist
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 22:08:36

    A window to a beautiful place. Thank you, Ma’am.


  15. sarahbawden
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 00:35:44

    Yum! And I giggled a little at the comparison between fried birds and singing ones. Lovely dinner feeling.


  16. rosemawrites
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 03:25:27

    “The heavy leafed trees comb
    the sky clear of purest white clouds.”

    The lovely phrases and the imagery. ❤


  17. kaykuala h
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 06:34:06

    the tender green perfume of freshly cut herbs
    float on the heavier scents
    like water lilies on a pond.

    One can almost feel the heaviness of perfumery scents permeating the air!



  18. paul scribbles
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:08:14

    wonderful marriage of inside and out through the connection of smells and tstes and colours…evocative and tasty


  19. Mish
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 20:37:12

    I especially love way you’ve subtly personified nature in this piece…”the bright jade green summer lawn runs to meet the azure sky” and “heavy leafed trees comb
    the sky”. A wonderful sensory experience inside and outside your kitchen!


  20. Bekkie Sanchez
    Mar 18, 2017 @ 12:14:40

    Food and nature, my favorite colors!


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