Poetry prompt: poem about two unrelated things


Kittens and Monsters

Horrendous stench, paralyzing darkness,

growls and grunts –  gigantic nightmare.


Cuddly fur ball, humming purrs,

silly moist nose and cartoon mug.


Razor teeth, pointed ears,

hide and seek attack – stealth night vision.


Susan Stone

Copyright photo,  Susan Stone



Poetry Prompt: a series of poems on unresolved paintings

I love the intuitive, playful freedom of the first few layers of a painting.  Frustration comes during the last 30% of the painting process  when decisions are made to bring order to chaos and even the smallest changes affects the mood of the painting.

I photograph my work at several points in the painting process.  I’m sad to say, I have photos of interesting paintings that became textured layers of another painting.   Because of these lost paintings, I started leaving some work unresolved with the hope of coming back to them with a more experienced hand.

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Hippie’s Disney Land


Is this Disney Land in my mind

with moody colors swirling about,

and arrows aim to fresh directions-


Is Uptown  hippie’s playground,

dripping simplistic flowery shapes

into shallow gray rivers-


Do bars on windows hide more than choices?


Painting and poem, 

Susan Stone




Poetry prompt: write about an image


Where’s Dubers?


Strolling main street,

my sister at my side,

“Where’s Dubers?”

“Dupers is the Library.”


 A bench announces/someone

 famous once lived here.

 Benny’s trio plays the grocery store.


The shadow of Police etched in glass,

 under the new paint of the coffee shop,

the Catholic church bells ring in mass,

The Corner Bar, still thrives I’m told.


I see a man and woman,

strolling hand in hand down the dusty street,

 a moments glance,

strangers in town.


Poem and photography by,

Susan Stone

Writing prompt: list 12 important documents or things


1. The faded white dress that I was married in.

2. A tiny premie diaper that reminds me of the first days of Alex’s life.

3. My chest of journals that are a reminder of another time.

4.  My Canon Rebel film camera.  We learned a lot together.

5. My first little digital Leica point and shoot.  It fit in my purse and went everywhere with me. It was the beginning of my interest in Urban art.

6. The first painting I did as an adult.

7. The Twin Cities pet publication that printed  my photo of JJ  and voted it best professional  photo.

8.  My first merit award from the Hopkins Center for the Arts for my mixed media painting.

9.  My film and digital photo libraries.

10. My Artist Way books by Julia Cameron because they inspire me when my creativity goes on vacation.

11.  A tiny little size two black dress that once fit me like a glove.

12.  My iPad Pro and pencil because it keeps be connected, drawing and writing.

Susan Stone