Monday, April 22, 2019

NaPoWriMo Day 22...Portrait in Gray

I love writing ekphrastic poems. In fact, yesterday's poem was an ekphrastic. I always find I can create my own story when writing poetry from a painting or photo and some of my best poems some out of this type poetry. I wrote this one from “Muse” by Laura Christensen. You can see some of her portraits here.

Portrait in Gray

You have old eyes, your past
life framed black and white

packed away on tintypes,
but you’ve since colored yourself,

swung into the lake with full clothes,
seeped in its indigo blue.

You collect trout scales
to adorn your skin with rainbows,

and hide your memories
under the sturgeon’s fin.

Fish gather as many lives as you do
dwelling at the bottom of the lake,

muscular and lean, they churn
futures into the red-brown deep

and you find in the water that time
is never the enemy, it is the quiet

pressure urging you to grow gills
and breathe.

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