27 October: Ekphrastic for Petite Pen

london embankment scene with wintery trees

Or So You Said

the ancients did as we do now.

love
with biting urgency, and
two fingers up at twilight’s face
before light dies
in a final lift, and
levels the uncurtained moon
on us.

this is how it is with us.
no love letters.
no emptying ones head
of tears.
no whispering names like an old wish.

just darkness through the branches,
slipping through the twigs like
fingers interlaced, locked
and mingling, as we do now.

or so you said.


Image at the top is mine created with AI. This is an Ekphrastic poem for K’s Petite Pen. Image “Night Shadows” by Italian artist, Massimiliano Ligabue. K’s prompt reads “30 words or less”. I’ve never been able to do that; I just rattle on and on and managed to stop at 77 words. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. The image below is clickable, leading to K’s poetry prompt.

13 responses to “27 October: Ekphrastic for Petite Pen”

  1. just darkness through the branches,
    slipping through the twigs like
    fingers interlaced, locked
    and mingling, as we do now.

    Wow… how beautifully crafted!


    David

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    1. Thank you so much!

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  2. Yes. I agree with David. Really beautiful!

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  3. “love
    with biting urgency, and
    two fingers up at twilight’s face
    before light dies”

    Brilliant and bold writing Misky with wonderful imagery! 👏👏👌👌😁😁 And I love the picture you created too! ❤️❤️

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  4. This grip you create with darkness and tree branch is so inspiring. I love the storytelling tone, the way it is a continuation of legend and of desperate needing. So wonderful. Thank you for sharing this piece, z Misky. It has a sort of creepy neediness as well, which I really enjoyed.

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      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

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  5. I had to look up the definition of Ekphrastic. Then I had to Google the definition. Wow, you sure write pretty! ☺️

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    1. Thanks, but that seems like a lot of effort for just a few words. 😂

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  6. Much food for thought with this one ❤️

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