Toys Rise Up! [15 Words or Less]

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Chalk Art Toys
Photo: Laura P. Salas

 

We went to the Maple Grove Chalk Art Festival again this summer, and we were amazed as usual. The art pieces getting the most attention were the 3‑D ones. Well, faux 3‑D. This turtle and other toys are chalk paintings flat on the ground, same as the ones you see in the background. The difference is that they are painted using a very specific perspective, so that if you stand in JUST the right spot, it looks like they’re rising up off the pavement. Incredible. Here’s my husband Randy kneeling right in the center of the painting by Anat Ronen.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Toy Story (of course!)
  2. mood lighting
  3. a toy takeover of the world

And here’s my first draft.

It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)

 

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30 Responses

  1. Laura, that poem is perfect! I love how it gets bigger and bigger like an imagination does. Well done! This picture drew out my playful side.…I’m teasing with words. Fun prompt!

    Chalk flat
    like mat
    sat
    like a cat
    cat alike
    sat
    mat-like
    flat chalk

    1. It can be fun to play with simple words as kind of little blocks of sound and meaning and arrange them like a tangram puzzle!

  2. Laura, I love your poem and its playful interaction with the world. The picture blows my mind! Here’s my response:

    One simple step
    a shift in perspective
    can transform
    your world
    from mundane
    to magical

    ©M. Hogan, 2018

    I think this could benefit from a title, but I’m pressed for time this morning, and it’s not coming to me! Happy to be playing along today 🙂

    1. Molly Beth, I especially like your first two and last two lines. The alliteration and the rhythms… And the art is indeed mind-blowing. It’s more evident in photos but even just standing there live, it’s hard to believe that the chalk paintings are flat.

  3. Laura, love the role imagination has in the life of a child. Your poem brings that out.

    WISHFUL THINKING

    Toys, arise!
    Keep my child amused.
    Don’t let the Ipad
    get him enthused.

    1. It’s so funny, Cindy, because part of me says yes, exactly. Of course, Another Part of Me is walking along outside on a beautiful morning replying to blog comments on my phone. and when I was a kid, my parents been my loans that my face was always in a book instead of outside playing or playing with real physical toys. So I can kind of see this issue from lots of different perspectives. Love your rhyme!

  4. Play things escape asphalt,
    Searching for perspective,
    Moving beyond their depth,
    Exploring new dimensions.

  5. Laura I just love the 3‑D chalkboard art. I’ve only seen them in pictures, and can only imagine how cool it must be to see it up close. I love how you poem reminds us that toys don’t necessarily have to be bought. Jumping in leaves was one of the things I loved to do as a kid in the fall. Your husband is such a strong image in that photo, and prompted my poem.

    Human or toy?
    Man or boy?
    Chalkboard decoy.
    Imaginative joy!

    1. I love this pondering over whether he is real or imagination. Thank goodness, he is very real:)

  6. This is just the kind of visual mind-bending experience that prompts the wonders of the world!
    My thoughts turned ran along the playful games line:

    Your Turn

    Dip, zip, dart and flip,
    Kite and starling morning flight
    Wind as game spinner

    1. Yes! I love how flight is seen as a game here. Birds always look like they’re having so much fun (well except for when they are involved in hunting or being hunted). You capture a really playful feeling here.

  7. I love the playfulness in your poems last line Laura, wonderful mind-boggling image too!

    ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

    Toylicious turtle,
    fruit-loopy choo choo,
    longing Mr. Lego…
    Illusions of
    grandeur
    come to
    life

  8. I’ve seen photos of a similar show in Ann Arbor–looks amazing. My mind went back to my kids chalk days, which needed a little more imagination to see their brilliance!

    Sidewalk Artists

    Lopsided circles,
    zigzagging lines,
    Kaleidoscope gardens,
    Squiggles that twine
    Chalk in our hands…
    Homegrown designs.

  9. poem By Jessica Bigi

    this bic mad me lol 🙂

    as we grow we older
    so I decides to grow smaller
    each year and stay young

  10. poem by Jessica Bigi
    this pic made me lol 🙂

    As we grow
    We get older
    So I deiced to
    grow smaller
    and stay young

    1. Haha, if only we could just decide it that easily. I like that line of growing smaller. Makes me think of looking at things closely and through a child’s point of view, even if we aren’t literally growing younger.

  11. A bit late. Again you hit it out of the park with your poem. Thinking of all in the storm’s path. Drove to GA from NC this morning hoping to catch a flight to Chicago for our grandson’s wedding.

    Boy Becomes Man

    Ever the boy
    happy he’ll be
    sharing a toy
    with wee one
    on his knee.

    1. Oh, I love that opening line. Kids do keep us young don’t they? Hope you made a flight, Martha! Stay safe!

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