Day Six: Special January Ekphrastic Challenge

It’s Day 6 of Paul Brookes’ Special January Ekphrastic Challenge. My poem today responds to all three works of art. If you click the link, you’ll see the poems by other poets. Some have written poems for each work of art.

Does What Happened by the Lake Stay There?

There we gathered
wishing for fish,
fishing for wishes
this is—

a dream, I say.

Here by this winter lake,
three versions all of me–

each facing in a different direction,
future, past, and present

in the distance, cradling,
hills indistinct, the haze surround us,

Am I awake or asleep? I see a huge blue tail.

How can this be? A whale.

Is this omen or vision, for the sinner that is me?

I feel sharp wolf claws upon my back,
and when I wake, I see their tracks.

25 thoughts on “Day Six: Special January Ekphrastic Challenge

  1. There is absolutely no way I can’t read a poem with the title “Does What Happened by the Lake Stay There?” Very mysterious mood too with questions, hypothetical–though maybe not.

  2. There is so much that comes in threes. I like all the tangents you’ve conjured here and then woven together. Whales always conjure some unbounded and ancient song to me. But I painted it because they are so beautiful. (K)

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