Calligrams – Visual Poetry

More calligrams!
A `calligram` is a poem, phrase, or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word, or words, say.

Since I found out about calligrams and poetry I have played around with the idea of calligrams, letting it cook for a while in my sub-conscious, taking it out every now and then, and now I’ve come out with a few images that I like.
First was the Christmas calligram, then a Blood Diamond.

I have a few phrases that resonate with my soul, and inspired more calligrams

“Something that makes my heart sing” This can be music, or a painting, or sculpture that moves me to tears or laughter, or something I’ve read or heard about that inspires me or gives me something to aspire to. Or it might simply be a memory. Or feeling proud of my children and their achievements.

“Reaching for the stars” I love the image of a star as being something to reach for, dream about and that inspires goals. There’s something about the infinity of the night sky broken by pin pricks of light that makes me want to reach out past the world I know and search for more – needing to know more, do more, be more.


“Blowing your own trumpet” We’re not supposed to do this. But sometimes I’m so darn happy that I’ve been finally able to move a muscle or make a movement that shouldn’t be possible after damaging my spinal cord all those years ago, that I just have to let the joy out!


I love watching people blowing bubbles. Well, I love watching both the person and the bubbles. I recently blew coloured bubbles onto canvas, and it was fun. There is something amazing about a bubble. That it can exist, even for a few moments, is incredible. And each one contains a small rainbow, floating and shining.

Watch this space for more …

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11 thoughts on “Calligrams – Visual Poetry

    1. Thank you! I’ve been checking out your photos – they are great. And I like your tag line, “Boredom is a state of mind, and you can always change your mind!”

  1. Thanks, Marilyn! You’ve made my day. Yes, I do design and make them myself. It’s a lot of fun.I play around with calligraphy and watercolours, sometimes with acrylics, I make cards for friends and family, and do an occasional painting. but I’ve really found my groove with these.
    I’m thinking of either setting up a separate blog, or dedicating part of this one to offering these”artworks” for sale as cards, possibly also with mattes to frame.
    That’s a big step though from doing it as a hobby and for love …

    1. You have a gift. I really am in awe of these. You’re right about the difference in changing it up as a type of business….at the same time I’m such a believer in this kind of work – And think of your passion to inform around spinal cord injuries. What an amazing way to do that. I am not giving false praise at all here – you are gifted.

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