Such a lovely website. I’m so glad I found you. Always pleasant images accompanied by always pleasant thoughts. Who could ask for more?
Mary Beth Flanagan
Saw your Update notice on Instagram and decided to activate your link. Glad that I did. Not only did I enjoy what I saw and read, I took the time to visit quite a few of your monthly editions. All of the poetry and images are among the most enjoyable I’ve seen in years. Count on me to be a site follower for as long as you publish. I’ve been one of your many Instagram followers for years.
I’ve been to Ballston Beach. I know that trail, well! You have captured all the beauty and meaningfulness of that section of coastline, perfectly.
I’ll never tire of your poetry alongside the paintings of Karen Burns.
How you create a poetic interpretation from looking at a painting or photograph amazes me. Especially this month’s interpretation entitled, “At The Height.” Brilliant.
Peter Bloch’s photographs are stunningly delightful. Your accompanying poetry just adds to their beauty.
Word paintings are always fun to look at and always fun to read. Thank you for continuing to publish them
Still at it, Jon Trovato, after all these years. Still at the top of your game. Wow!
Your July offerings speak to summer as well as the current situation of our country. Well said.
It’s so true. The skies over France are as magical as its earthbound scenery. The “Crowned in Crimson” poem and photograph captures that truth, beautifully.
Mary Ellen Donnelly
The “Still Possible” pairing, hopefully, captures how the majority of voters in November 2024 will ensure our Democracy remains in place, always
What is a summer without lilacs, indoors and out? Thank you Karen Burns and Jon Trovato for confirming the rationale for asking that question under the title, These Wonderful Flowerings.
Works of Art are all around us in the spring and summer months. More so than in any other season. The painting and poem pair that acknowledge this beautiful feature of our everyday lives, at this time of year, are reminders that each Work of Art is a gift that deserves far more gratitude and gratefulness than any of us choose to express, these days. Why is that so?
We are killing this planet. Never has this declaration/conclusion been more evident than in this summer. Record heat, flooding, and the ongoing threat of a nuclear war continue to make headlines, daily. Yet despite all of this doomsday rhetoric, you continue to find ways to express the magic of simply being alive. Thank you for the strengths of your inspirations and your insights, Jon Trovato.
Good morning, JT! What a treat waking up to discover your latest collection of poetry. I remember when Word Paintings began years ago…you first mentioned the idea to me at the Black Horse Tavern. And now you have an amazing number of worldwide followers on Instagram. Good on you, my friend.
Susan Brierly Bush
The words you choose are always amazingly wonderful. ". . . gently applaud the wind."
The “At Last” image looks to me to be a treasure found among the artworks of Henri Rousseau. Karen Burns is a genius.
I know that lake and I know that sky in the “Forever Held” pairing. Both are eternal, in my opinion. They deserve each other.
Race Point in Provincetown is one of my most closely held natural beauty secrets. So pleased to discover I’m not alone in that assessment.
Sand Crabs are indeed prehistoric creatures and I’m so glad that no one holds that distinction against them.
Your Website is profoundly beautiful. Thank you for including me in your distribution list. I look forward, hungrily, to each update. BTW, thanks very much for pointing me toward your daily Instagram pairings. They help to keep the wait for your Web Site Updates less painful and more rewarding each month.
This site has helped me to better understand poetry, painting and photography. You manage to combine all three of these art forms in ways that not only inspire me to understand what is being said or shown, you present them in a complementary fashion that makes the whole of what you’ve created greater than all of its parts (even though each of those parts is, most often, a superb work of art that can stand on its own). Wow!
You have captured the spirit of the season with your words that are bursting with spring and all it brings.
Hey, Jon, I haven’t checked in for quite a while. But always know that I continue to enjoy your site poetry and images, every month—especially those that appear in this recent May update. Without question, you and your collaborators are big fans of spring, as am I. Thanks for these excellent thought-provoking views on what is, in my opinion, the most beautiful of our four seasons.
The photos taken by Peter Bloch are always stunningly beautiful Jon. Not surprisingly, your words always amplify the impact of his work.
I’ve never been a fan of abstract art—that is, until I’ve been exposed to your amazing interpretations of Sam Bleecker’s work. Thanks very much for those insights. They helped to bring the sun from behind all the clouds for me.
I’m so pleased to see that you and your collaborators are still at it, Jon. I continue to be a fan of your site and your work here and on Instagram
Hello Word Paintings Poet! Have you ever considered submitting your poems and the images they interpret to Greeting Card Companies? I’m certain they would very, VERY interested in what you have to offer.
Jon, you are a true smithy of words.
I’ve said this before and I’ve decided to say it again. Beautiful poetry and beautiful images from a beautiful man.
Lilacs - my favorite Spring blooms. Their time spent is too short especially if we have a rainy season. Beautiful poem - lovely painting. How fortunate we are when we pay attention to Mother Nature.
Mary Ann Manning
Once again, I thank you for choosing an artwork of mine. Your words are also a welcoming sign of spring.
Your new spring tidings are so very much welcome this year.
Your poetic interpretations of the images on this site are always spot-on. Please keep up this imaginative art for as long as you are able.
“Driven by a gentle chemistry.” What a great way to describe the arrival of spring! You never fail to make me smile, Jon.
The poem and painting collaboration entitled “All At Once” contains one of the most profound insights into spring rebirth and renewal imaginable. Wow!
I’m very familiar with the streets of Wellfleet. The painting and poem called Delicate Flowerings couldn’t be more accurate from spring through summer.
I continue to absolutely love this website. Thank you Jon Trovato.
Where are your love poems, especially now in springtime?
By the time this note is published, I hope we are seeing, hearing and feeling spring all around us.
This site is so pleasant to visit, I wish you would update the content more than once each month.
My daughter and I follow you on Instagram and here because all of your collaborations are consistently filled with simplicity, peacefulness and joy (in that order).
The poems and images that appear on this Website look to be made for each other. Quite an accomplishment, Jon!
When are you going to write another book, Jon?
After following you for several years, it finally dawned on me that what you’re trying to do is remind and, maybe, teach your readers that there is so much more to be appreciated than just the colorful brightness of a sunrise or sunset or more to be learned from birds in flight or to be understood from a field of spring flowers or a hillside reshaped by drifting snow or a forest drenched by a summer rain or ignited by falling leaves or a night sky riddled with stars—you’re telling us, through poetry and images, there is so much more meaning to what we take for granted in this life by sharing just some of what you have interpreted from everyday experiences to get all of us to realize the scope of the magic around us before we’re no longer here to enjoy it.
I’ve been visiting your Website forever. Just recently, I decided to follow your monthly cover note instructions to “find you” on INSTAGRAM. Glad I did. What a wonderful compilation of your work!
This month's tribute to "Winter" is warming no matter the outdoor temperature. Thank you Jon.
Mary Ann Manning
Your February selections depict wonderful wintery days and your words bring each image to life.
I cannot think of a more appropriate word than Caressed to pair your poem and the Karen Burns painting. Absolutely beautiful.
The Peter Bloch photos are always breathtaking. This month’s pairing called “Wide Enough” is no exception.
The thoughts carried by the poetry and painting collaboration called Hopeful Intimations parallel my thoughts, these days. Winter Begone, already!
I’m compelled to repeat myself this month, Jon Trovato (and Annie agrees). These are truly outstanding expressions of what you see, hear and continue to learn during your lifetime. Keep them coming.
Hank and Annie Shaw
WOW, Jon Trovato. Just plain WOW.
Jon - just read Jan poetry. Liked "At Bay."
What inspiring poems, in the Word Paintings today ! I especially like The Sprawl. So much hope in it, and that’s what I always think in the midst of the winter: days are getting longer and we are getting closer to spring every day!
“The Sprawl” is a magnificent pairing of your poetry with Karen Burns painting.
A lovely January selection. It's always nice to take a peek through your words at a piece I've created, a place where I have stood, a place I miss in the winter months. Your words in general regarding winter make me believe you enjoy the summers much much more than winters :-) . Best to you as we all step out into the New Year.
You never fail to inspire, Jon Trovato. Thank you for your consistently beautiful words and imagery. Each has enough meaning to last a lifetime.
We wanted to let you know that we continue to follow you here and on Instagram. So please do not change, Jon Trovato. You are a gift.
Paul and Laura Lallemond
Moonrise actually does drape lakeshore pinelands with foreboding shadows. I’m looking at that phenomenon happen right now, outside my living room windows.
I know that village you mention in the poem and painting entitled, “At Bay.” It’s not for the faint of heart, especially at this time of year.
Working together, you and Sam Bleecker bring simplicity to complexity.
Congrats on another beautiful and thought-provoking poetry collection, Jon. Among my favorites are Mirroring the Mountains and also The First Snow.
Susan Brierly Bush
There is so much subtle drama in your Musings Collection. Quiet, powerful poetry that in very short order holds my attention and demands that I read what you’ve said, and chosen to pair it with, again and again.
The science in Sam Bleecker’s art and in the simple words you’ve chosen to explain it are nothing less than a quantum entanglement.
My daughter introduced me to your site as well as your Instagram page. You are a poetry factory, Jon Trovato. Her words, not mine. To me you are a gifted soul who delights in delighting others.
The photography and videography of Peter Bloch coupled with your poetry are perfect together.
“As Silent As The Cold” is mesmerizing.
Please at least think about creating another collection of love poems. They are sorely missed.
Your poetry makes me look at images in new ways, it helps me see things that I did not previously see. How you continue to pull out the best of an image with your words is pure magic.
Your November Update Notice couldn’t be more timely or appropriate.
You always tell it like it is, Jon. Your November Update Alert is testimony to that fact. Never, Ever Change your way of getting straight to the heart of what matters most.
Janet Miller Haines
Let’s hope your eleventh hour call to flood the midterm election polls with rational voters goes a long way toward helping to save this home of the brave and land of the free
When this comment gets published in your December Update, I hope we’re still a Democracy.
Your voter suppression warning should be read from both the House and Senate floors, daily, between now (November 1) and November 8 and, if necessary, beyond.
This is a very comfortable and comforting Website. Glad I found it.
The poem and painting combination, “Simple Passages,” is simply lovely.
I just found, by accident that the Peter Bloch image is a video freeze frame and the link below it leads to a visual experience as wonderful as the poem that accompanies it.
Good words, good visuals, as always.
Your words are so inspirational. Have you ever thought of creating note cards or small posters that people could keep or hand out to others as thoughtful gifts? I know enough about the costs of printing images to say that approach would be expensive. But I believe your words are strong enough to stand on their own in a lot of people’s lives.
I savored your latest words this morning. I especially liked A Way. . .
For me, your pairing called, “A Hazy Dreamscape” is an enchanted place where only pleasant experiences can be found. How delightful. I love the phrase, “gossamer reality.”
Early Fall Only has introduced me to a wonderful winding river where I’d like to drift for days in any season. Thank you.
This site is a wonderful source for transcendental meditation.
Your Firefly returns once again in the poem and picture combination called A Way, Jon Trovato. This time it’s obvious to me she’ll never leave you. When are you going to do something about that?
I think the poem and painting combination called “Effortlessly,” depict fall at its most glorious. WOW!
Peace and beauty are the norms here. Thankfully, nothing less is ever offered (and, hopefully, never will be).
I took the time to find your incredible Instagram Poetry Gallery. As a result, I now understand why you publish so few site poems monthly. Your creativity and productivity levels are astonishing.
I always marvel that you find the perfect words to accompany the images you present here.
I am convinced that the poem and photo entitled, It Persists, are reminiscent of your experiences with The Firefly whoever and wherever she may be, these days. A welcome flashback, in my opinon.
The image and poem combinations on this site are breathtaking. While I’m sure there are numerous reasons for not producing more than four of these combinations, I wish there were more every month.
What come first, the chicken or the egg (the poem or the picture)?
France figures into your thinking often and that’s just fine with me. I’ve lived there and travel often to the Bourgogne region (even during Covid). Your thoughts on the beauty of my favorite country are always spot-on (parfait).
One of my favorite months is September and one of my favorite word paintings is The Signal, with artwork by Karen Burns and poetry by Jon Trovato. I think the idea of pairing words and images is brilliant, and this is a perfect example of the synergy created by a fabulous piece of artwork married with captivating poetry.
Susan Brierly Bush
There is always so much stunning beauty and peaceful energy on this site. Thanks for continuing to deliver both.
Your Love Pairings never cease to bring a smile to my face. They are both timeless and true. It’s great to see one of your latest efforts in the image-idea combination entitled, “It Persists.” Breathtaking stuff.
Good to see time and tide haven't kept these poems from coming. Especially the maple leaf.... Thanks!
If I had ever encountered a doorway as intriguing as what is depicted in the painting and poetry combination called “A Distinctive Presence,” I’m certain I would have found a parking space nearby and tried to gain entrance.
Why are French villages so more charming than any others, anywhere. Thanks for bringing that personal observation to my mind, again. Thanks also for continuing to publish such charming pairs of images and poems.
Unfairly Mottled ~ some are struck down far too early . . . your poetry always makes me pause.
I don’t know how you derived your interpretation of the abstract image, entitled The Configurations, but I have to admit it works perfectly.
A Distinctive Presence really stuck in my mind. It brought a feeling of strength, curiosity, and adventure. It reminded me of the story - The Secret Garden - where will it lead - do I stay where I am or do I go beyond that "burly wood"! Thank you Jon for such beautiful words.
Mary Ann Manning
A pleasure to browse your poetry pairings with my coffee this morning. Your words always make me pause and look at my surroundings a little differently. Thank you again for choosing my work.
I particularly like The Essence...
Janet Miller Haines
I’m 12 and I intend to be a poet who writes just like you. All of your poems are beautiful.
I love this website, Jon Trovato, because it’s always filled with poems that celebrate the love of living, the love of learning and the love of loving.
I have one fitting word for the poem and painting called “Fitting.” It’s “WOW.”
There’s nothing more charming than a little forest filled with fairy tales waiting to be told.
Because of both the continuing oppressive heat out here and the beauty found in the Peter Bloch photo and the accompanying poem, I have the “Urge” to camp out next to that stream in Maine all summer long.
Congrats on another collection of inspirational poetry. All very nice… my favorites are The Essence and The Urge. And, as always, the artworks accompanying them are really lovely.
Susan Brierly Bush
There is a music that binds all of us. Some people call it consciousness. Others settle for magnetism. I prefer the viewpoint presented by you and Sam Bleecker.
The beauty conveyed by your site images and poetry is breathtakingly peaceful. I visit your work here and on Instagram, often and decided, today, to tell you why.
You’ve finally returned to featuring a love poem in an update. About time, Jon Trovato. I believe all of your poetry is excellent,. But, in my opinion, your love poems are among the most sensitive and endearing I’ve ever read. I also have to say, with more than a little certainty that “Because” is yet another call to your Firefly Lady.
As always, the poems, paintings and photos on this site are as timely as they are thought-provoking.
Never stop doing what you do on this site and on Instagram, Jon Trovato.
I’ve been meaning to ask for quite some time, Jon, which comes first, the poem or the image? Or, do they evolve together?
So many lovelies. My favorites are The Price and Proven Worthy. Thank you, JT, for honoring us with another month of heartfelt poetry.
Susan Brierly Bush
Beautiful painting, Judy Wood ~ perfect pairing here in Word Paintings. Always a pleasure to browse your site, Jon, early in the day with my first cup of coffee.
First, thank you for including me in your collection. Second, thank you for encouraging others to write poetry. Keep writing and sharing!
The paintings and poetry on your site are such powerful combinations. They hold my attention every month and prompt me to visit them again and again.
I think your interpretation of the Dennis Wheeler collage is so fitting for this era of unending lies.
How true your poem on the wild iris is and how beautiful is the painting offered by Judy Wood. A wonderful pairing
I have not been a fan of abstract art. BUT, the paintings you feature from Sam Bleecker and Dennis Wheeler are changing my mind about abstracts. Maybe it’s your poetry that has opened my eyes to the intense beauty of this art form.
My life partner and I have been to Tuscany, often, and you and Mr. Planck are 100% spot on. It is a “dreamworld.”
Hi JT! Another exceptional collection of poetry from my talented friend. I especially like Much More Than a Hint. Was happy and surprised to see a painting by Pat Jahnsen. Had no idea she is an artist. A nice collaboration for you two.
Susan Brierly Bush
I love the poetry on this site as well as the poetry that you post regularly on Instagram. While both are similar in content and style, they seem to me to be quite different in the way they are focused. To be honest, your website poetry seems to be far more personal than your Instagram poetry. Whether or not this is your intent or my interpretation of your intent, I love them both.
As a long time resident of Camden and a long time follower of Word Paintings, I can say with great relief (and expectation) that your poem, “The Melt Is On,” is definitely spot on, especially in the line: “Winter’s hold is typically tenacious in Maine.” It’s tenacity this year is a record breaker.
The painting and poem entitled, A Hope, are so delicate and so beautiful, together.
I know I sound like a never-ending echo. But I can’t stop myself from wondering and asking when will you publish more of your Love Poems. What you have published so far on this site and in book form are among the most beautiful I’ve ever read.
“Immensity without any density” is a great line, Jon Trovato. You continue to amaze me.
Every one of these poems and pictures are gifts. Thank you for all of them.
Very pleasant thoughts combined with very pleasant images. Great concept. I wish you great success.
Jon, I’ve very much enjoyed your March 2022 poetry. My favorite poem and accompanying artwork is “In the Warmth.” Pure genius to complement each of your poems with a beautiful, colorful work of art.
Susan Brierly Bush
A Pleasure browsing your poetry in the early morning hours today.
You have some lovely art work on your website. Do you ever work with other poets to do Ekphrastic work? Do you at times team up with poets with other artists?
“Immensity without density.” What a wonderful phase along with an equally wonderful painting.
Are your trying to say in the poem-painting combination that Karen Burns has created an image reminiscent of those that were created during what’s known as the romantic era?. If so, I agree with you. Her work is quite beautiful.
Jean Anne Chamberlain
Where are your love poems? I miss them so.
I still love your poetry, Jon. And, after more years than I can count since you started publishing this site, I still can’t decide which of your poems is my favorite. All of them and the paintings and pictures that accompany each are absolutely beautiful. You are a treasure, Mr. Trovato.
Always a pleasure to have work here in Word Paintings. Thank You.
Grand Central Station will always be grand; especially in black and white. I don’t know why I feel this way. But, I’ll bet I’m not alone.
Larry Chase, again, and this time with an abstract painting effect within a photo. Who else could accomplish this feat?
I really like the “Long Before” image and poem. It’s my favorite time of day after a New York City snow storm. In fact, being an early riser, I work really hard at not being the first to put my footprints in the snow outside my apartment building
I think I will try your advice on how to delete the touch and feel of winter by imagining the colors of spring and summer, at bed time. I’ve tried everything else, including your love poems and they work, but only briefly. Not enough to carry me into sleep (unless winter is not outside my doors). Maybe this new approach will work, year round.
This site is so lovely. I visit often and wonder why you publish only once each month.
These are such sad times, How you manage to bring such joy through your poetry and images continues to amaze me. Thank you for these gifts. They brighten my days.
You’ve chosen your poetry introductory words well, Jon Trovato. Each of your poem and image pairs is, for me, either a new or an already cherished experience to remember. I love this website
There’s a hint. Or maybe it’s a glint of W.S. Merwin in your poetry. Don’t let this observation go to your head. Just keep working at keeping it in your poems. They’re far more beautiful than most because of where and how it shows up every now and then.
Your January selections are as insightful as they are beautiful, Jon. Please don’t ever stop practicing your magic.
Winter scenes from you and your artists and photographers always capture the beauty of this season, never its harshness. All of them contain lessons each of us can learn from and should practice often
You’ve been silent on Instagram. I’m hoping you’re well,
The poem-photo combination, Preening Behaviors, should be framed and made available for purchase. Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.
Why doesn’t Larry Chase have a Website? His photos are uncommonly real and re-visitable.
Have to admit, since I failed to do so, last month, both my mother and I are HUGE fans of this site. We follow it, religiously. We also follow all your Instagram posts and, we’ve read all of your books. P.S. your Memoir is dog eared.
The painters that are featured on this site are ideally suited to reinforce the peaceful moods you try to convey through your simply stated lines of poetry each month. How you found them is a mystery to me. But I’m sure you are as pleased with what they have to offer as I am.
Where are your love poems, Jon? Don’t misunderstand me. All of your poetry intrigues me. But I continue to wait for the latest update on the relationship you had or have with your Firefly.
Just wanted to let you know I’m still a fan and still amazed at the breadth and depth of your imagination. Never stop publishing your thoughts, Jon. The paintings and photos that accompany them are extraordinarily well suited for underscoring your words
Reading the poem and painting pairing entitled, Oh So Fleeting, brought summer back into my life in December, I can’t begin to thank you enough for this experience.
“In A Hand” is a very clever interpretation of a wonderful winter photograph.
The poems and pix on this beautiful site are all about being in love with life. Thank you for all of them.
Somehow, your words manage to make my paintings become a bit more alive.
Your Word Paintings website is a pleasure to visit. I’ve been doing just that for years. I thought it was time for me to submit a comment. Here is: All of the content is always a pleasure to see and read, always.
The poem and picture titled, “A Solar System Quirk,” should have been called a Political System Annoyance.
You seem fixated on New Hampshire this month. I can’t blame you,. It’s a beautiful state, in any season and in any weather.
Whenever I visit the Word Paintings website, my reaction is always WOW! Please never stop creating these beautiful “pairings.”
Karen Burns is a wonderful artist. Her site and her works are gorgeous. So too is this site and its works.
I’m so pleased to find that you have begun to offer the same approach to all of your Instagram posts that are offered here on your Website. They are beautiful. Thank you.
It’s been a while. So I thought I’d reach out, again, to let you know I’m still a fan, Jon. Your poetry is never less than inspirational.
Thank you, Jon, for choosing my work to accompany your wonderful poetry.
Wonderful pairings! I’d love to know more! Thank you!
An “Eye Feast” could have no better title, nor a better poem to accompany it.
Your new Instagram postings brought me here. What a wonderful website. You definitely can paint with words, Jon. All of them are lovely.
Congratulations on your new approach to presenting your poetry on Instagram. It does indeed better align with what you’ve been publishing on your website. Plus it further underscores your incredible ability to interpret the way painters and photographers create their images, which appear to me to be the way you interpret the images of experiences and events you’ve stored in your mind. You have a very special talent. Thank you for sharing it with others.
The Karen Burns paintings are absolutely beautiful, made even more so by what you have to say about them.
I have to ask if the young lady pictured with the She Can Be poem is your latest Firefly. I hope so. You need to move on from the bittersweet experiences you had with the lady that your Loving Memoir so intimately and so indelibly describes.
The Sam Bleecker painting coupled with the poem, “Oddly Volcanic,” are powerful reminders of just how precarious our hold on this Democracy of ours has become. What I can’t understand is why a fire doesn’t burn within and under those who are committed to ensure that Democracy, the essence of this nation, remains intact.
I love the Karen Burns painting, Jon...the shade of the color orange she has chosen is exquisite. And, the pairing with your poem is spot on.
“A Grand Reflection” has such a dramatic skyline image. The accompanying poem is so appropriate and fitting for these times. Why am I not surprised that you continue to hit home runs, Jon. Good for you…
The pairing entitled Like Childhood Dreams, is lovely. So reminiscent of your First Impressions poetry. I miss those.
I’m in love with the poem and painting entitled, Where Joy Can Be Found! I’m also in love with Paris. Always will be. Thank you for bringing back so many beautiful memories of that beautiful city.
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