Day 7: Special January Ekphrastic Challenge

For Day, I’ve written two poems for Paul Brookes’ Special January Ekphrastic Challenge.

I liked all three pieces of art, but I responding to Kerfe Roig’s “Clarity” and Christine O’Connor’s (CO13).

Clarity

Coming home from the ER, I felt
a sense of clarity amidst the exhaustion,
and in the over-awakened midnight hour, an owl hooted
over and over again

calling for love, not warning,
I decided. And for love, we returned to the hospital
as the sun rose over the bridge to light the shadowed city streets.

Unfinished

There are ghosts in the secret garden
drifting through the flowers’ birdwing-flutters,
she senses them, but they are masked, invisible
against the bright blooms, unfinished with this world,
outside of time, inside the walls, they wait.

23 thoughts on “Day 7: Special January Ekphrastic Challenge

  1. Oh! I don’t know which one I love more…
    That second one, though… these ghosts feel so friendly… maybe because of the first poem, being so full of love.

  2. Oh yes, my heart responds to both of these poems. In the first one I also much prefer thinking of an owl hooting in love not in warning. In love we watch those who we care about gasp for life but sink into death in peace. The second one sees the same ghosts in the garden that I do. 🙏

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