Category Archives: ekphrastic poetry

Senryu Suite

  Somewhere warm to sit with inspiration to write and a glass of beer He puffs on his pipe, scribbles a word or two  in quiet satisfaction Small pleasures add up to a sum of contentment greater than happiness  for … Continue reading

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Witnesses

  image:  “Chronicle” by Ruth Bavetta Caption from left to right Two chaps in blue converse. Why is the road closed? I’ve no idea – there are no workmen, no machines — only a barrier to progress and a couple of cones. … Continue reading

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STAND AND DELIVER

  When poetry is read aloud, delivery is all. Booming cavernous tones denote a poet too much up himself. Remember the Edith Sitwell sound destroying the poetry with drama and ominous falling cadence? Do you enjoy Michael Rosen enjoying his … Continue reading

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Rural haibun

  Vincent saw a cluster of old stone houses nestled higgledy piggledy around the base of a church, surrounded by fields in varied cultivation. The outsized church once served a large population until the advent of modern machinery and monoculture … Continue reading

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Chrysanthemums Tanka

Once upon a time Mum loved chrysanthemums I painted them for her She died many years  ago all I have now is the picture. Written for Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille on Mindovemisery’s Menagerie. 

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Triptych of Painted Poems

by Camille Pissaro Wind in the trees sets leaves dancing. Down on the ground skirt stays prim around her ankles; flat hat doesn’t fly.  by James Proudfoot Oh to be walking up that street towards the hidden view soaking up … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Love – a sonata poem

  I Allegro Amabile Shakespeare denies that love can be love which alters when it alteration finds. Experience informs me otherwise. That first euphoric flurry bears us onward in impetuosity from first encounter through exploration, discovery, exposed illusion. Ephemeral glory … Continue reading

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Hippogriff

L’hippogriffe d’après un dessin de  Gustave Doré pour le Roland furieux.  Hippogriff A foofaraw of wings and things decorate the hippogriff, epitome of heraldry, legendary ancient myth, one of those weird beings beloved of historic fable, issue from miscegenation of  female horse … Continue reading

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Playing with Light

  Softly silken shifting shadow – no glimpse of light – I cannot see. Add a little glitter, glisten, gleam, and gloss. a shimmer starts to sparkle, twinkle, flicker, add the shine of recognition, bring back to life. Margo Roby … Continue reading

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Ekphrastic Tanka

Tanka Planned obsolescence leaves entrancing detritus as inspiration for imaginative art – junk you lose and heads you win.  dVerse Poetics today introduces us to the art of Nick Gentry who uses outdated objects such as old floppy disks, and exposed … Continue reading

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Gallery

On the surface all is beauty, but the first picture is blurry, fuzzy with imprecision. The lines are not clear – it could be anything or nothing,~ treachery is merely implied. The next is surreal as Dali. Thoughts fly above … Continue reading

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Illusion

Flat as global curvature allows, appearance is deceptive. Potential mayhem within the tranquil scene, beneath the surface fish eats fish and riptide drags all in its claws. Picture and prompt are from Margo Roby’s blog today

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Sequel

to The Listeners by Walter de la Mare …and the plunging hooves were gone. The listeners resumed their sleep as the Traveller rode through the night. But next morning when the forest saw the Traveller once more trying his luck … Continue reading

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Fitness for Purpose I and II

  Image:  The Old War Office, London © Robin J Smith (my son) Fitness for Purpose I A fanciful waft of light plays over the surface of a jumbled panorama of dreams – whose beauty belies purpose as powerhouse of war. … Continue reading

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Orange Wordle 174

  I want to hold a candle to myself, to the demimonde of poetry, transgress the rules of the asylum, rites of rhyme and rhythm scuppered, banish the gray of the suicide poets – I don’t want to be wombing … Continue reading

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