Paula Bonnell

Early Morning

The lake is cold
Fog qualifies the outline of the trees–
pensées of foliage
exuded by the limbs
reveal the watery truth…

Try to imagine a lake in wintertime. A thick fog envelops the landscape, where the water, the ground, or the sky begins no longer recognizable. Paula Bonnell’s poem evokes this image. A sensation, Early Morning embodies all the mystery, the stillness, the silence of the winter season.

Paula Bonnell is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Winter call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Winter issue.

Artist Statement

Inspiration is a word that resembles inhalation and that is what moves me to write I’ve “breathed in an experience” that makes me want to create an artistic equivalent of what moved me, thereby sharing it with others. As a reader I often appreciate this gift when given to me by writers and they stimulate my desire to emulate good and even great literary work; the same was true in my photographic years.

About My Work

In any poem of mine that I value, there is always something “given” by what feels like an “other” — which is what made humans create the idea of a muse.  My part in the transaction is to take what the muse gives me — typically a first line that comes unbidden into my mind—and see if I can follow it from there and arrive somewhere. When readers respond to something I’ve written, I feel completed and happy.

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