Day 4, Ekphrastic Challenge, Two Poems

Inspired by AWD4, “Hidden Crime”

Galloping

There were The Rules
and The Rules had to be obeyed–
it didn’t matter what they were
they didn’t exist to make sense,
only to break us.

She knew they would come
eventually
the figures with robes the color
of the sky–
they tried to kill her love
of blue
but had to kill her instead

because she dared
to speak, to write, to paint, to sing

in every shade and hue

and inspired others
to mark the walls

with her symbol
a blue-eyed horse–

one day, they’d ride it
and gallop to freedom.

Inspired by JPL 4

As Time Goes By

“The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by”
–Herman Hupfeld, “As Time Goes By” (1931)

We took a walk in the old neighborhood,
the rooftops glowed with welcome,
the window of our old attic flat smiled—
once sunlight streamed through that window
coating our naked bodies in gold,
once winter licked us with its cold tongue
so that we held each other tighter
under the flimsy blankets.

Good memories, you said.
Good memories, I agreed.
You took my hand, and we walked on.

I am once again participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art and read the other responses by going to Paul’s site here.
The artists are Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, and Anjum Wasim Dar. Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring art!

16 thoughts on “Day 4, Ekphrastic Challenge, Two Poems

  1. I particularly like “As Time Goes By.” I must have needed to experience something that didn’t go wrong. These lines are lines are my favorite, delicious and shivery:

    once winter licked us with its cold tongue
    so that we held each other tighter
    under the flimsy blankets.

  2. is the blue eyed horse referring to Chagall’s blue horse? It’s a lovely piece of writing – quite imposing and dread making until the last 2 lines … Thanks Merril.

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