PROMPT #282 – HOPPER INSPIRED
We haven’t done a photo prompt in a long while so I thought it was about time that we did! The extraordinary works of artist Edward Hopper have been thought provoking and have inspired many writers and poets throughout the years. I’m sure we’ve all written to a Hopper painting at one point in our poetic endeavors. Stepping away from the usual (popular) offerings (many found at www.EdwardHopper.net) I’ve found this print of Hopper’s “New York Movie” (1939). Derive whatever inspiration you can from this painting and write your poem.
Second Week of February
It has been four years
since we nearly lost Izzy,
our grandbaby girl.
It has been two years
since my mother passed on to
the heavenly realm.
Now my son-in-law’s
mother is hospitalized,
fighting for her life.
The second week of
the second month of each year
feels like a movie –
a film I am in,
but choose to view from a safe
© Marie Elena Good, 2020
She stands alone,
pensive and detached,
attached to the dark shadows she lurks.
The audience does not see her,
lost and absorbed in her self-loathing.
Her clothing indicated her position
a condition of her employment.
Her enjoyment and ambition
long left languishing in her dreams
of becoming the next best vision
on the silver screen. Life didn’t mean
to deal her this hand as she stands:
alone, pensive, detached.
She knew she belonged in the theater,
but this cruel twist of fate has her sealed.
She ought to be in pictures, but
her life sadly ushered her into this.
© Walter J Wojtanik – 2020