Day Eight, January Ekphrastic Challenge

For Day Eight of Paul Brookes’ Special January Ekphrastic Challenge, my poem responds to all three works of art below.

The Dance

An unlikely traveler,
with no longing for adventure,
only a desire to live without fear.

Money exchanged, his life rearranged–
one suitcase and a view
of storm-chased clouds and waves like horses,
galloping toward a hazy horizon, somewhere ahead

perhaps, there’s a quiet island, a house
with windows looking out on azure sky and singing seas,
golden-downed ducks and geese
with bicycle horn honks—he laughs, it would be

a dream, he thinks, as a whale breaches–and
for a moment they are eye-to-eye,
connected, branches of the same ancestral tree–
all of us–swaying to a universal rhythm.
Shuffle, slide, snap, and with jazz hands twirl,
smile. Tilt your head, in wonder

of the world. He wants the dance to continue.

20 thoughts on “Day Eight, January Ekphrastic Challenge

  1. It’s amazing to me how Paul manages to match the images…this is a particularly good one I think. And your combination works beautifully. That quiet island is very appealing right now. (K)

    • Thank you. That quiet island does sound appealing. I didn’t know if all of you artists were numbering your images or if Paul was doing it, but you’re right that they often match together in some fashion–or at least I’ve been finding connections.

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