Ekphrastic Review challenge: Children

This poem of mine Children was published by the Ekphrastic Review today, prompted  by the painting The Chess Game by the sixteenth century painter Sofonisba Anguissola. You can read all of the chosen responses to the challenge here.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

15 thoughts on “Ekphrastic Review challenge: Children”

  1. Excellent! The expressions of both faces and words are so distinctive.
    I loved this painting, but couldn’t really come up with a poem I was satisfied with. I did do a collage though, and eventually I’ll consult the collage box Oracle to see what she thinks.

    1. The faces are so much more individual than any I can think of painted by men of that epoch. They are just so believable. I think the Oracle would like these kids, especially the little one who thinks it’s all a joke.

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