Flower Power Accesses Flow
Flow is found in oddities. In the unusual, flow is more pronounced. When a passage is meant to be read it is often said to “jump off the page” at you. So it is with flow in regard to flowers. An example I can give you is from a recent trip to a county fair. There in the exhibits of plants was a miniatures display. There were small scaled and magically placed bouquets made from found objects. The one that really caught my eye was one that resembled a scoop of fruity, frozen confection.
Why Flow Keeps It Fresh
Looking at this display, the flow came to me when I saw the contrast in the flower, heavy with color and lush in display, against the bareness of the the handle of the antique ice cream scoop resting in the white dish. Perhaps my vision flowed to the negative space that so nicely balanced the riot of color in the scoop portion of the arrangement. The display had a Rockwellian feel to it or even a Shabby Chic appeal. Here is what flowed from this image: writing prompts.
Go With the Flow
Here are some of the questions that bubbled up as I gazed at the miniature bouquet:
- Who or what would you serve a scoop of flowers to that might feast on it?
- Would the recipient literally feast on it or would it be a metaphorical one, a feast for the eyes?
- Where did the ice cream scoop come from and who was the last one to use it?
- Because it is an antique scoop, I wondered what kinds of ice cream did they serve in the 30s, 40s or 50s that they no longer serve now?
- What room would you display this arrangement in?
- Who would you give it to as a gift?
- Where did the person who arranged it get their inspiration from when putting it together?
- Are the flower’s colors supposed to symbolize the flavors of real ice cream or sorbet?
- What flavors would they be?
- If a fairytale was written from this photo, who or what would this fanciful treat be given to and what is the occasion?
- If a poem were to spring from this photo, what sensory details could be switched between the taste and the scent to show the visual appeal?
- Why would this display catch a judge’s eye? And if you were the judge would you give it a blue ribbon?
Take a prompt from above and write something sentimental, silly or sublime regarding the ice cream scoop and flowers it serves. Or, write your own prompts from the image and see where they might take you.
Here’s to growing YOUR flow,