Saturday, September 29, 2012

Young Minds


 Image1:  Norman drawing a Still Life from memory

Image2: The end product, succulent fruits on a plate and flower in a vase

Two Offerings: 
#1 A haiku to wrap up September Heights in Haiku Heights
with prompt –free-

Young minds are amazing
I asked what are you to draw?
Fruits! He responded

But where are the fruits?
Here! He pointed to his head
He could draw free-hand!

#2 A free verse on people watching
I would relate here not exactly people watching but rather observing my grandson Norman when he went about making the sketch.

Young minds, young innocents
Ever so alert wanting to respond
With a high level of  imagination
Difficult for the elderly to fathom 
A still life drawn from memory
It is something fantastic really

Deftly he took the pencil in one hand
Across the paper a stretch of two lines
Glanced at me, smiled and confidently
drew little circles ever so slowly
turned out to be grapes and strawberries 
Bigger roundish blobs to the right following
an orange and an apple and a mangosteen. 
To hold back the rear a watermelon 
And a flower stalk in a vase, to maintain balance
Triumphantly he next began shadings for depth
A young mind still not that adept

There is an upside in free hand drawing
Anything goes anything to link
But the downside is, he is handicapped
As the shadings to profess depth
are mere conjectures falling back
on experience which he lacks

But he is learning and it’s a big show
For honing his skills the best way he knows
The path is open and only he to decide
What to pick on and which way to strike
His destiny with all stubborn persistence
The whole world wide open at his insistence

Written for Haiku Heights' Sept Ht's last prompt - free- and d’Verse where Brian is hosting on people watching

41 comments:

  1. Awesome how he could do that right from his mind
    Can't even get stick people right from my behind haha
    And just watching one can see
    That spark that sets them free

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  2. I'm so impressed by your grandson's drawing. He is an artist - no matter his age.

    The poems you wrote are so full of wisdom. I see love and wonder there too. Very nicely done. I really enjoyed this.

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  3. excellent hank...and awesome that you are encouraging this as well...kids need that...and have such creativity too....he is already really good and will only get better with time and practice....

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  4. Wonderful. A true gift he holds. Thank you for sharing his work. ~jane

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  5. very cool how he draws and he will learn and get better with each single drawing..another artist in the family..smiles

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  6. Two wonderful works on your talented grandson. It's so amazing to watch children.

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  7. This was wonderful. A good display of talent :-)

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  8. This is beautiful, Hank. I can just hear your grandfatherly pride in your words. He definitely sound like he has TALENT!!

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  9. A true artist in the making, fabulous!

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  10. It's great to observe our loved ones flowering in their talent ~ Thanks for the personal share Hank ~

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  11. He already has such talent, and the older he grows the more his talent will too as he gains experience. I bet there are millions of adults who cannot draw as good as your grandson is already drawing. Amazing.
    I love that he is also encouraged to do it too.
    Great observations Hank.

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  12. What a talented grandson you have Hank - you must be so proud of him.

    Love the way you wrote of him too.

    Anna :o]

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  13. Sounds like you had a front row seat to a terrific show, Hank! Thanks for giving us the play-by-play. Awesome!

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  14. Wow. he's a pretty fantastic little artist! I'm so glad you are letting him do his own thing and allowing him to grow.

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  15. I thought this was a perfect moment of people watching... your grandson is not only talented he is lucky to have a grandfather like you...

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  16. What an excellent post. Quite the artist of the future,

    Yvonne.

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  17. He inherited the talent from his Grandpa!

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  18. Norman is talented, to draw that well at his young age. I love his confidence, likely encouraged by you!!!!!! Love your poem of observation as he created his art. Lovely, Hank!

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  19. LAURIE
    Yes, he has to be given space to develop his particular interests

    PAT
    Youngsters with artistic inclination
    Have high levels of imagination
    They do free hand that we admire
    That the elderly very much desire
    The memory of the aged gets eroded
    Affecting creativity of sorts

    MYRNA
    I have high hopes for him. He's an intelligent boy. He should make it. Thanks!

    BRIAN
    I think he should. Talent giveaways make it easier to chart their future. Thanks!

    Hank





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  20. JANE
    MZ
    CLAUDIA
    It's amazing to see him with a pencil in hand while others are busy at their iPads. Thanks!

    Hank

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  21. Very nice, Hank! Young Norman has real talent.

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  22. Lovely set of haiku on free, really nice to read them and see how your grandson grows in his being an artist.
    Thank you for all of your great posts and comments Hank.

    Visit my new weblog if you like to write a new haiku every day.

    http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.nl/

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  23. Lucky little boy to have a Grandad
    writing poems for him.

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  24. VICTORIA
    GREEN
    KELLY JO
    GRACE
    BREN
    ANNA

    I feel so reassured. To encourage him I created a blog for him to post his sketches. I needn't push him but I think I can insist on a fixed no. every week to instill discipline and habit. Thanks

    Hank

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  25. CHARLES
    DANA
    SERENA
    YVONNE
    HAL

    At his recent birthday on Aug 21 he got a drawing block. He is seen 'busy' on his own now but no targets imposed yet.

    Hank

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  26. Really nice. Love both. Haikus are always fun to read, and you can tell when someone enjoys the process of this form, which it fully appears you do. The other is very nicely done, very effective. Thanks

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  27. Impressive drawing and delightful verse.

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  28. Great post. Love the photos of drawing. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  29. Lovely post! And so much about artistic freedom. Hope your grandson keep the 'fire in his belly.' to create. Thanks for your encouragement and visits to my haiku all month! It has been a pleasure reading yours.

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  30. Oh, children are endlessly surprising, inventive, and engaging. His lack of experience is why he has his whole life ahead of him, to see the shadow and the light, artistically rendering them through his unique expression. Beautiful!

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  31. Beautiful haiku!...And loved that sketch....It's awesome!...He'll surely become an artist! :)

    Peace in prison

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  32. what treasures - your grandson and the wonderful drawing and your beautiful poems

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  33. wow ..these little artists are magical..



    Was under the clutches of Viral fever and I scribbled the last haiku within minutes ( I know its very very bad)I just wanted to complete this challenge ...
    Many thanks for being a part of this amazing journey of HAIKU SEPTEMBER HEIGHTS...being a novice I tried to put in my best but I know at some or the other point I missed to hit the bull's eye and still all of you all inspired me a lot either by peeping into my space or liking my posts and of course your ever encouraging comments made me feel on the top of the world...Loads of special thanks to each one of you...September had been very exciting and a learning month for me...I know I need to improvise a lot and I shall try to do that for sure ...Thanks a lot once again...keep visiting and keep spilling your beans ..bouquets or brickbats all of them are accepted whole heartedly...

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  34. ANTHONY
    FRED
    DAVE
    MADELEINE
    KARIN
    Thanks for dropping by. He's a joy. He's putting in little touches without too much to chew yet.

    Hank

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  35. BARBARA
    ANNA
    SRI VALLI
    FOUR SEASONS
    It's a pleasure to visit most during Sept Hts. Thanks for visiting me likewise. Quite hectic month. In fact I missed quite a few.

    Hank

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  36. ODYZZ
    The beauty of haiku is in its simplicity. I find yours as wonderful as the rest. Hectic month it was. A great experience and a pleasure in knowing of others too. Thanks for sharing1

    Hank

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