Marc Chagall,Le somnambule, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
bathes the figures
balancing and shaking
unsure, spirits of the night world
This is in response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge. This week’s challenge was a cinquain based on the painting above.
I felt like I wanted to say more though based on this painting and Chagall’s other works.
The moon hums a warning
watching over night-dreamers
and silent screamers
paralyzed with fear.
at the precipice
the fiddler keeps his balance–
The roof is steep,
His bows slides, the tune changes
shifts to minor,
a dirge punctuated by the drumbeat of fear
in the distance,