words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h


burning the bridges…

leaving the memories behind you

or following the yellow brick road

across that new bridge

the bridge of hope and beauty

and colors in transition….


I would like to thank Sheila for inviting me to be the featured artist for the poets at dversepoets. I thought I may write a short poem as well, reflecting my thoughts for the challenge.


46 responses

  1. Fits the prompt perfectly! (I wonder why.) Lovely poem. K.

    March 4, 2012 at 1:58 am

    • Thanks for the compliment and stopping by. I enjoyed this prompt a lot.

      March 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

  2. Shawna

    “colors in transition” … I think that is officially my new favorite color. All the blending and in-between moments, the subtle moments of change from one shade to the next. Beautiful.

    March 4, 2012 at 2:06 am

    • Shawna, there are colors within colors. In our words and in images. Everything is in transition. Like words at times having more than one way of being perceived.

      March 4, 2012 at 2:53 am

  3. smiles….very nice…always great to see what the artist sees you know…the yellow brick road, had not thought of that…and all the colors for sure….very nice sir

    March 4, 2012 at 2:31 am

  4. Brian scroll down my home page, about 10 posts until you get to one entitled “The Path to Everlasting Consciousness and Love. There is a yellow brick road in the image I think you might like. I do video art as well. Check out this post entitled Moments In Time (A Yesterday Video Remix). Enjoy.


    March 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

  5. burning the bridges…I like this line 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 2:56 am

    • Thanks Grace. I believe it was Brian who led off the thought with burning the bridges while referencing cigarettes and smoking. I quickly realized that there were many things left behind. Like I knew I needed to reach back in time, across that chasm and say … its okay, I forgive you.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:54 am

  6. maybe not “or” but maybe “and” –

    leaving the burning & following across that new bridge

    i think i’m tripping on the words and image and layering on top of them!

    nice set walter, glad i stopped by 😉

    ps – have you done any serial photopoems? ie one poem (story) written before between and after each of a series of unrelated images? if not i think you’d really enjoy the challenge and layering (i’ve only done 2 so far like that, strange stuff)

    March 4, 2012 at 3:03 am

    • Thanks for cool perspective yoga-adan. I have not attempted a photopoem. It sounds interesting. Can you get me links to your examples? I would love to see what you have done.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:17 am

      • walter here’s the short link to my photopoem on my site:

        there’s another, in my Photography Plus ebook, but it’s 2.99; but maybe i can send you a pdf or epub review copy, and if you liked it or had some good criticism, post that on Amazon, where it’d really help there

        let me know if you’d like a review copy; i think you’d really get a kick out of doing one of those longer photopoem, it’s like layering with differing visible layers of different images, but having to co-ordinate the poem-text that flows around the images

        March 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        • Thanks yoga-adan, I will check it out and get back to you.

          March 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  7. elmediat

    Beautiful thoughts. Superb visual piece. Very well done. 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 3:08 am

    • E. check out the link dVerse poets pub on the reblogged post previous to this one. I am the featured artist as inspiration.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:31 am

  8. Love the way you set up the choice of burning the bridge or venturing forth across it! And I do have to agree, I love the phrase “colors in transition,” great metaphor for our ever-changing lives. Really well-done!

    March 4, 2012 at 3:08 am

    • Thank you Mary. As the poets express their thought about the art, I am finding new bonds. Ideas are merging through our collective. And new mysteries are being told.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:33 am

      • yes! This is all I had hope that it would be for you because I knew your mind would be open to new insights into your own work thanks to the poets own interpretations of it. cool, huh?

        March 4, 2012 at 5:55 am

  9. the way you have those two colors, give two layers to the poem, and really, i see two different poems, that could have two totally different meanings.

    thanks so much for your remarkable comment, and thanks for following my blog. your comment was so complimentary and sublime and wonderful.

    March 4, 2012 at 3:38 am

  10. It was a great prompt and fascinating how everyone can look at the same pictures but come to such dramatically different interpretations.

    March 4, 2012 at 4:03 am

    • So true Blue Flute. Even with different perspectives our creativity is from one source.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

  11. great colors

    March 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

  12. Stunning photo and poem Walter. 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

  13. very cool walter…first i really like how you interact and visit the people as the personal connection makes the prompt and your art even more special..and i much like that you even joined in with a poem….the transition that colors and bridges bring..nice..and…i like the yellow brick road of course…a lot..smiles

    March 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    • Thanks Claudia. I certainly am enjoying this weekend. All of the poems are cool. Your comment on my interaction prompted me to post a “Best Of” post. I guess I really am in a sharing mood 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  14. I love the colours in your artwork and in this picture, especially…it inspired my poem, also….a bridge to hope…beautiful!

    March 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

    • Hi Louise. It is a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for the positive comment. I will be heading over to your blog to check out your poem. This mingling of poems and art is quite exciting.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  15. Nandini

    This is really beautiful! 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  16. I love this. How you changed something that might not look so bright, and made it a new day. Wonderful, Walter! 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • Thank you Katie. We cross so many bridges. Leaving things behind. Finding new things ahead.

      March 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  17. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to connect with your work.Everything I’ve seen is absolutely marvelous! The bridge and the ocean pieces are my personal favs. They help me understand some of the things that are transpiring in my world. Keep up the wonderful work! Gotta get one of those to hang on my wall! Once again, many thanks!

    March 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    • Hey Wurdz, thanks for the positive rush. I appreciate it. If you are interested in purchasing any of my art work. Check out my online store. There is a link at the top of my blog. I have a twenty piece series in the gallery called “Impressions in Barbados” that includes the piece you like. And pieces from my “Go Out and See” series that includes the “Bridge”. You can find them in my landscape gallery.

      Looking forward to keeping in touch brother.

      March 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  18. As a member of d’team, I want to thank you, Walter, for allowing us to use your work as inspiration for our own words. I certainly found them amenable to my poetic license and offered a short poem on one. Thank you for your own words about your photo of the bridge. It conveys that sense of hope and beauty that many of the poets here found in it as well. Even when poets exercise their fancy in ways unforeseen, perhaps, when you crafted the picture, that is a wonderful gift and tribute to your artistry. Perhaps art, like poetry, grow like children. Nurture and fashion them as best we can, they make their way into the world and thrive in ways we never imagined. So too, I think, your photos have made their way to dverse and shown things that will gratify you as their creator.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:41 am

    • What a beautiful response to my work, and the work of all involved. The poetry I have read so far has been beautiful, enriching, anf thoughtful. I am headed over to your poem with an immense feeling of anticipation. Art and poetry are truly one. 🙂

      March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  19. Oh wow Hey Walter did you pen the poetry after you made this image or the other way round,,they fit each other so perfectly. just amazing 😉

    March 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

    • Thank you Soma. I wrote the poem after the image. The photo is from my biking excursion called “Go Out and See” series. Check out my “bike” tag. This post was in response to the dVerse poet prompt. 40 plus poets over the weekend wrote poem in reflection of my art. Check out the dVerse link.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  20. Beautiful work and growing. 😉

    March 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • Thanks Liz. Stop by the dVerse poets pub blog and check out the poem the poets wrote prompted by my art. It was a very exciting weekend of interaction.

      March 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  21. WOW! LOVE this photo. Thank you.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    • Thank you Leah. I am so glad you enjoyed the piece. Stop over at dVerse poets and see what the other poets have said about my art.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  22. you have a new fan! I love your blog and this image is awesome!

    March 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    • Thank you Kellie, for the kind comment. I will definitely stop by your blog and check out what you are up too.


      March 8, 2012 at 5:15 am

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