Inspired by AWD4, “Hidden Crime”
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
the figures with robes the color
of the sky–
they tried to kill her love
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!