The Mill

Poets United: Midweek Motif…Colors

The Mill

Rests on a hill somewhere
at back of my mind.

Each day haul my hand cart
up that hill, filled with ideas.

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Feed those ideas into machine
and it spits out black and white


some of which make my fingers twitch,
creating an itch to reach for colors that
will fill their empty spaces, bringing
their faces into clearer definition.

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Then one day, as I climbed that hill,
a question came from that moving stillness.
What would happen if I fed the colors first,
let them burst and redefine the process?

So, I did it. And in utter amazement, finally
found face of that ramshackle mill that rests
on a not too distant hill, somewhere in my mind.


Elizabeth Crawford  12/9/15

Notes: Have wanted to write about my process of discovery with lines and colors for some time. Happened on The Midweek Motif this morning and knew exactly what I wanted to do. It took more time, gathering up all the pieces and parts than it did to write the poem. Lucky for me, someone had asked me, just a few days ago, to explain to them how I got into all of this pen and ink drawing and coloring. And of course, here I turned it into a rather delightful mythic experience. The machine of which I speak is a digital kaleidoscope app. The first image is a pen and ink doodle of repeat pattern drawing. The final image is a water color wash using water color pencils and then doing the pen and ink line weaving over it.

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14 Responses to The Mill

  1. Beautiful poetry and I love your designs!


  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Wonderful designs 😀 you have really outdone yourself with this poem 🙂


  3. The journey of art is such a delight. I think poetry is a wonderful companion as you so beautifully display. I love the image of your cart filled with ideas (and supplies.)
    Glad you shared your beauty, Elizabeth


  4. Wow, this is a cool description of how you arrived at the image….and the image itself is stunning! I can somehow hear you cackling with glee as it appeared before you. LOL.


  5. Mary says:

    Elizabeth, I just love the poetic description of your process &, of course, the results! You are amazing.


  6. Susan says:

    Love! How neat to turn around the digital process just exactly reminding me of the way inspiration varies–sometimes form is first sometime content! I didn’t know it could be done digitally. Love the illustrations as well, and I see the mill.


  7. oldegg says:

    Beautiful done Elizabeth.


  8. I love how color is added to the both the verse and the images as you read on. This is very creative and poetic!


  9. Sumana Roy says:

    aw…that’s a wonderful source of color, lines and beauty creating a world of joy…


  10. Jae Rose says:

    I love how you have shared the process of your work…so very captivating – and fun! Reminds me of the joy of seeing a watermill in a local park as knew every time what it would smell like, sound like, feel like and yet each visit was new…and exciting


  11. annell4 says:

    So fun to go with you to your process. Colors can be medicine for us.


  12. I LOVE what you do!! And the poem and metaphor that you used is perfect! Thank you, for taking the time to bring this together, Elizabeth. 🙂


  13. i also enjoyed your designs and your explanation of your process

    gracias for sharing


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