They say a picture’s worth a thousand words,
but silently it waits for you
and never moves nor says to you
one answer, never graces you
with scent or touch or taste for you;
so the much the picture aches to do;
a thousand words will maybe prove
of higher worth appraised by you
when they describe a thousand pictures too.
- Look around. Where are you? What can you see?
- Pick one thing that you can see and either listen to it or imagine it making a sound. What do you hear?
- Can you smell the object? Would the object smell anything? It it’s not in its natural habitat, what would you smell if it were?
- What might the object feel like? Is its surface rough or smooth? Or, what might the object feel – a cooling breeze, hot breath, soft cushion…?
- Does something smelled or felt have a flavor too? Does it leave a taste in the back of the throat?
- Does your object have feelings or evoke feelings in you?
- Does it have or evoke dreams or memories?
Describe your object, its past or its future, in a short paragraph that includes all seven senses above. Or describe that troll under the bridge in the picture above. (It smelled green, and the air was rich with flickering shadows and pollen.)