Thursday, December 13, 2018

Painting with Words

By Ulleo

As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sometimes it is difficult to express certain feelings, ideas or emotions in words, so many people decide to paint their feelings and ideas. We can learn much from art and see the hidden meanings. However, writers have an important job in communicating ideas and feelings to readers, so how can they successfully do this when some ideas, expressions and feelings are difficult to explain in words? That is the “magic” trick. A great writer uses every tool in his “writing bag”, and the greatest writers are actually able to “paint” using words. Thus, a talented writer could be able to turn “a thousand words into a picture.” Not a literal picture, but it will reflect in the reader’s mind as a successfully explained and “painted” image that will reach the heart and soul of the reader who can finally appreciate such a deep, hidden meaning that has been translated by the writer.

Below I will share my poem that expresses the idea of painting with words. Enjoy!

The Writer’s Canvas

Words drip from my pen like paint from a brush.
Drip, drip, drip…
A word, a verb swirling and mixing--
Adjectives scream from the page!
Nouns flash in vibrant colors.
Staring at an empty page while waiting for words to flow,
Inspiration finally strikes like magic as the pen glides.
Drip, drip, drip…
Many curious questions explore my soul.
The pen furiously races to paint with words before the ink runs out,
Before the memories get lost in a maze of self-doubt.
Lines of words reflect my ideas as the words are imprinted upon hearts.
At last the words are recorded,
And now the painting is ready for display.

                                                  --Lena Winfrey Hayat

By Greyerbaby


  1. Your memories should not get lost in a maze of self doubt but should be found in a floral display of confidence. You write lovely poetry, Lena.

  2. Thank you so much for your lovely words! I try my best. You also write lovely poetry. Truly you are amazing! Sorry it took so long to comment. Been too busy with work! Take care!