Today, I wrote a poem about clouds for the Malaysian Writers FB Group writing prompt. It is an acrostic poem where the first letter of each line in the poem spells out the word CLOUD.
I was also in the mood to draw, which is a very rare occurrence indeed. I drew a simple illustration with my trusty Artline pen to complement the poem. Actually, I was inspired to illustrate my poems after reading William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, an illustrated collection of poems. A master engraver, Blake illustrated, printed and illuminated the poems of Songs of Innocence himself in 1789. Five years later, he bound these poems with a set of new poems, Songs of Experience, in a volume entitled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. I was fortunate enough to acquire a book featuring the complete volume of poems with their original illustrations 2 weeks ago. 🙂 William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English painter, poet and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
Come with me; fly with the breeze
Live free as a bird; go where you please
Over deserts, mountains and seas
Under the glorious sun; respite from the heat
Despair no more; blessed rain, it’s my treat
An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
24 February 2015