In the left-hand foreground,
Balanced on the corner of a table
Laid with brown and cream linen,
Is a knife with a decorative ivory handle.
A shiny upturned glass
On a platter of brass
Beside a bunch
Of plump black grapes,
Just in front of a dish
Of ruby pomegranate seeds,
Into which dangles the curled skin
Of a half-peeled lemon,
One of a waxy yellow trio.
To their right, three books and a pewter tankard
That merge into shadow.
In the right-hand foreground,
A selection of crusty bread rolls,
And a large brown speckled cowry shell,
By a large-bowled globe
Of a glass of amber wine,
Illuminated by light
And the reflection of the large, bright
Against a dish of blue and white.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
*Image found HERE
This week, Oloriel wants us to do something that we are already doing when we are writing, but this time, without our consciousness. She has presented us with a painting, a still life, which she wants us to look at and just simply describe what is there without using any comparisons or excessive adjectives, or even imputing a personal opinion when describing the items. The idea is to list them and name them, in a way you see fit, in an order you see fit.
The purpose of this exercise is to allow the reader to interpret art however they feel . In order for them to do so, the poem, story, book or photograph needs to offer them a common ground.