Prompt 5 – Tilt-Shift

Prompt 5 – Tilt-Shift September 13, 2015


©2010 Serena Malyon/Artcyclopedia

1. Suzanne Carey

Just out of reach…in the deepest recess of my mind, I see them.
Floating on the horizon. My vision is blurred, unclear.. But they can’t hide their light.
Dancing and swirling in the night sky. I want to dance with them, but I can’t.. Not yet. But I will some day. Adding my own bright colors, blending with theirs.. So close..reaching out my hand.. So close..yet…. Soon

© 2015 Suzanne Carey


2. Robert Mihaly


Likely possessed
By insanity…
Cutting off his own ear
Yet Vincent created
Art for the ages…
Like most artists
In his time…
Now revered
By the masses
Who today
In our time
Would still
Pass him by

Of imitation
Has its
However flawed
Outshines the work
Of a machine
So imitation
Can’t always be seen
As the sincerest
Form of flattery

Having visited the Van Gogh Museum at Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands, and seen the real deal, digital manipulations can’t compare.

© 2015 Robert Mihaly


3. Wild Thing


eleven years old
American pie on the radio
everyone singing along
even me

in secret
all alone
Vincent on the stereo
Starry Starry Night
I was in love

too young
to understand
Vincent wasn’t a woman
who did not die
from unrequited love

so I dreamed
of a love
so powerful so real
you would die for it
rather than live without it

I knew
one day
I’d have that love
but I would live

how was I to know
that love
would kill me

© 2015 Wild Thing


4. Heidi Barnes

Focus – A Freewrite

Posted on September 9, 2015 by Heidi

Focus. Something we all strive for. Whether it be focus in our work or focus in our life, at times it seems just out of reach. Just at the edge of our fingertips. If only we reached a little further, tried a little harder, we just might see that fuzzy distorted goal snap into crystal clear focus and we would finally see that ever elusive end. However, before that can happen, we must first put all the puzzle pieces in their place. We must line all our ducks in a row. There are many metaphors that I could use, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.

We are in the middle of a renovation. As I look around me at all the boxes, dusty shelves that no matter how many times I dust them it does not seem to help, and I cannot find anything. Even if I had just sat it down I lose it. I don’t mind a messy house, but this…. This is starting to get on my nerves. I need to work on my book. I am late with two birthday cards. I have them already to go except for the stamps that I can never seem to remember to buy. My yard is a mess. I just can’t seem to keep focused. There are too many things I need to do and half of them I can’t do until something else out of my control is done.

Normally these free writes come out as poems or a short story. Not today. Today my mind is too scattered. This week will be the finish of a major piece of the puzzle. Then, hopefully, I can start getting back on track, and the pieces will start to fall into place.

Enough of my ramblings. I wish you all a wonderful week and whatever in your life is out of focus will one day soon become crisp and clear, if only for a little while.

© 2015 Heidi Barnes

If you want to join in this free write exercise go to Sharyl Fuller’s site Writing Outside the Lines and check it out.


5. Annie

Starry Night – Picasso Tilt-Shifted

Nights like these draw me outside

Like a moth to a flame

City lights mask the beauty

of the heavens …

of the stars…

Starry Nights

Walking away from

the those killing lights

I can feel the stars…

their warmth…

their beauty…

I can hear

their songs

across the universe

Turning my face

to the stars

I bath in their light

much like a sun worshiper

I am a star worshiper

I need their healing light

their ancient wisdom

to restore me…





Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

In response to Writing Outside the Lines Weekly Writing Challenge … Prompt 5:

Along with good poetry, I love good art. I found an amazing site where Serena Malyon/Artcyclopedia used a technique called Tilt-Shift on Van Gogh’s paintings. Instead of the viewer seeing the entire piece of art as it was painted, Serena ‘shifted’ the viewer perspective to a selected section of the painting making it crisp and clear with the other parts slightly out of focus. The results are stunning. Using the Tilt-Shift version of The Starry night created by Serena Malyon write to your heart’s content. Choose the tilt-shift section or another part…or, write about your impression of this technique. Remember you are in charge of your words, there is no ‘right or wrong’ with this process other than to have FUN!