Monday’s Poem


A Collective Poetry Experience

Hello! I have some beautiful relaxing words for you to start the week. If you looked at the blog on Saturday you will have seen the feather drawings inspired by a Turner / Ruskin exhibition that my creative writing class were lucky enough to be involved in last year. If you missed it the link is at the bottom, or just scroll down on the blog.

As part of the exhibition at York Art Gallery we got to spend time practising writing in the gallery and using the paintings for ideas and inspiration. Many of the works featured clouds drawn by Ruskin and stunning mountainous landscapes. Alongside Turner and Ruskin the exhibition also featured the work of Emma Stibbon which was absolutely breathtaking, please click on her name to view her work.

The following work was created as part of a group exercise where each participant was asked to reflect on building relationships with the art work and to imagine that they had stepped into a painting. A series of questions were then answered, however each time a question was answered the page was folded and handed to another class participant.

What emerged was a collective of beautiful poetic words made up of each person’s individual vision of a painting in the exhibition, here are a few (anonymous) words from the collective:

I step into the painting and immediately find… 
a swirling wind, snow sweeps from a mountain top, ice freezes my hair and chills me. 
A vast mountain rises from the mist. 
I am utterly alone and in awe. 

I am surrounded by … not only the clouds but as I hang on and become accustomed to the vibrations I notice who I have for company. 
They all have wings – some are cherubs with rosy pink cheeks; others with majestic wings towering above their heads. 

I feel …as light as a feather up here amongst the clouds, calm, as though all my worries are left behind and out of sight. 
I feel like anything is possible. 

Being here makes me… happy and at one with nature. 

I step into the painting and immediately find … 
My head is surrounded by clouds and indeed my whole body is resting on fluffy white clouds. There is a strong breeze and we are moving rapidly, a whole flood of clouds and gale force wind. 

I am surrounded by… 
The gentle movement of the cloud, swirling lilac and white mist. The stillness of the view of mountains – warm sunlight shining through the mist. 

I feel… 
At one with nature, and at one with the outside world. 

Being here makes me… 
Forget I’m alive, my heart relaxed and body warm. My mind distracted by the griffin stones.
I step into the painting and immediately find… 
Lilac mist all around me, hints of purple and some orange light. Shades of white mixed in with the vast lilac cloud. It is hard to find anything amongst the mist, but I can make out a view of mountains. 

I am surrounded by… 
The story of Apollo and Daphne which depicts a scene in the country. 

I feel… 
Content and relaxed. 

Being here makes me… 
Relaxed and happy.

I hope you enjoyed reading these. If you did you could practice this yourself. Imagine that you have stepped into your favourite painting of a natural landscape. Ask yourself, what do you find, what are your senses detecting, how does it feel?

Happy Monday! See you on Wednesday for the next Connect to Nature creative writing class!

Best wishes,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

2 thoughts on “Monday’s Poem

  1. I love this poem and I love that gallery in York. Is it back open yet? as art is food for the soul! I’ve noticed there are more virtual gallery viewings on line or at the cinema. Has anyone tried this? I can stare at a painting for ages and get lost in it.

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