Orbiting: Ekphrastic Challenge,Day 5

Inspired by KR5 “Orbiting,” and JL5 “Green Man”

Spinning, spinning, spinning—
circles, cycles, ends, beginning—
mortality underpinning
hopes, goals, decisions

to power pose with practiced smile,
and walk her steps and run a mile,
to dial back time, and stay a while
her fear of dying.

But, turning, turning, turning
the Moon still glows, the sun’s still burning,
And see? The green man, he’s returning
to bloom the ground with flowers ‘round

where once all seemed cold and dying,
awakened seeds from dreams untying,
raise their tendrils trying, trying–
seeking warmth and air.

Now the robin sings it clear–
another orbit, another year.

This is for Paul Brookes’ Ekphrastic Challenge. This one was a difficult one for me. The poem is based on the two pieces of art above. To see all the art and poems, visit Wombwell Rainbow. This is also my NaPoWriMo poem, since I know I will not have time to get to the prompt today. So many poems, so little time! 😀

27 thoughts on “Orbiting: Ekphrastic Challenge,Day 5

  1. ‘where once all seemed cold and dying,
    awakened seeds from dreams untying,
    raise their tendrils trying, trying–
    seeking warmth and air.’ This was my favorite! That’s exactly how I feel waiting for the warm air. Nice, Merril.

  2. When I read your comment that you found the prompt difficult, I went back to the images and read the poem again. I think in this instance, the images are necessary to fully appreciate the meaning of the poem. This is whom the poem is speaking to:

    to power pose with practiced smile,
    and walk her steps and run a mile,
    to dial back time, and stay a while
    her fear of dying.

    And she is I.

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