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Written Painting

I love to paint pictures with words,
But I don’t think you can see them.

I know you can picture this:

“I’m stuck in a dense forest.
Black trees surround me as I walk.

I see something huddled against one.
It almost looks exactly like me. Almost.

Her face and arms are smeared with dried blood.
She’s covered in filth, with twigs lacing her hair.

The worst thing is that she reeks of sweat.
But then I realize that she is me.

She is what I’ve become.”

But this is what I wrote:

“I’m forever stuck in my mind.
Dark memories surround me as I walk.

I see something huddled against one.
It almost looks like me. Almost.

Her face and arms are smeared with long-past heartache.
She’s covered in pain, with disappointment lacing her hair.

The worst thing is that she reeks of fear.
But then I realized that she is me.

She is what I’ve become.”








Explanation of Format: The first part of the poem is the picture that I want you to see, but using a literal description. The second part is the words (poem) I used to paint/describe that picture. So what the I'm saying here is "I want you to see the same picture in the first part that you do when you actually read the poem. The two parts are painting the same picture using different words."

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  1. Date: 7/18/2015 9:12:00 AM

    Coming back to comment, as I forgot to do the first time. Impressive, ILyeza. Thanks for the inspiration! Kim :-)
  1. Date: 7/2/2015 1:46:00 AM

    NICE! I'm loving this already! So then We interpret our own poem? Or someone else's? Either way I'm in!! A 7 for extra credit.
  1. Date: 7/1/2015 9:22:00 PM

    Beautiful, a 7 Hugs Eve
  1. Date: 7/1/2015 6:56:00 PM

    Ilyeza, this is a beautiful example for FJ' s contest, you did a terrific job so dark and haunting. I did not realize FJ was your Mom
  1. Date: 7/1/2015 4:39:00 PM

    I love this, ILyeza but please clarify - the second version is the true poem, yes? The one you actually wrote, is that right?
  1. Date: 7/1/2015 11:30:00 AM

    Very interesting how you do this from the original concept to how someone perceives your write, my dear. I understand your mother has a contest going on this theme. Good to see you posting again. Hugs
  1. Date: 7/1/2015 10:48:00 AM

    Perfect for a contest challenge my dear!!

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