Jellyfish Dance [Poetry Friday]

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)

So, last week, I shared a lai, which the Poetry Princesses tackled for December. I liked it and wanted to try another, so here’s a #poemsketch with another lai.

Jellyfish Dance


I had one with a font I liked a little better, but it was a bit too hard to read. Readability always trumps beauty for me!

And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Lisa at Steps and Staircases.


19 Responses

  1. Beautiful! I really like the ooooooh sounds in this. And, the sketch is great. Do you sketch on paper and then photo or scan and then add your text? It looks super professional. Love it.

    1. THanks, Linda:>) I do a watercolor background, which I may or may not hate :>/ Then I add a little silhouette. Then I take a pic on my cellphone. At some later point, I write a poem. Then I email myself the poem and open it on my phone. Then I use the WordSwag app to format my poem and put it on my sketch. Then I save the whole thing as an image on my phone, add it to my WordPress site, etc.

    1. Thanks, Donna! I clicked through a ton of random results in the formatting until I got to one that emphasized those particular lines:>)

  2. Love this, Laura — both the poem itself as well as the formatting of font/image/etc. I’ve not heard of lais before, so I suppose that’s a form I need to tackle at some point!

  3. Lovely moving jellyfish poem Laura–it works so well with your watercolor too! I like all the little tentacles coming off of your watercolor image it goes with the jellyfish. Thanks for sharing your process too, I’ll have to check out the WordWwag app.

  4. “So liquid and slow” — that’s right. I saw a tank of baby jellyfish at the Monterey Aquarium once, stayed there a long time watching. This is lovely, Laura.

  5. Thanks for the jellyfish today, Laura. I love jellies. We have an amazing jellyfish room at the Baltimore Aquarium — so calming to be in there, watching their “hypnotic show.”

  6. Laura, Thank you for the original art and poem. It is hypnotizing, like the dance of a jellyfish–your words and image draw the reader in…I am working out if I can post some of the original visuals made for this week’s Poetry Friday in a photo post on my Tumblr site. I will be sure to include a link to your post, if I do. Thank you!

  7. How beautifully appreciative and observant you are, Laura. Your image turned out very nicely. How do you add the silhouette? Do you draw it directly on the watercolor?

    1. I do draw it right on the watercolor, Tabatha. Sometimes I place it just so to hide my most hated part of the watercolor :>)

  8. You are the master of this form! Not only that, your graphic design and watercolor are superb as well!

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