Ekphrastic: Saint on the Half-Hinged Shingle

The Half-Hinged Shingle in Hunters in the Snow

He’s a saint, and dances
like a tree frog,

heedless merriment as it’s
raining on his head,

and the cold mist always rises
like morning prayers to heaven.

His is a small story of simple

drawn on an half-hinged shingle
above the tavern door.

He’s a godly soul, but still
afraid of shadows at night.


Image The Hunters in the Snow, also known as The Return of the Hunters, is a 1565 oil-on-wood painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. ©Misky 2021 Shared with #apoemaday on Twitter

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