Flying to Byzantium and beyond

I liked the image for the last Ekphrastic prompt and wrote several poems to it. You can read the selected poems here. This is one of my (unsuccessful) contributions.

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There are fish in the sea that fly on silver fins

and birds in the air that swim with sea-smooth wings.

 

There is gold in the light and silver in the night

and green weed, a forest in deep water.

 

There are banners in the wind that call to prayer

and prayers in the wind that call to the banners.

 

Fish, birds, sunlight gold and streaming weed dance

on the blackberry path, for they know not what they do,

 

unlike the wind that waves the banners that point the

way to the black oil-slicked darkness at the world’s end.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Flying to Byzantium and beyond”

      1. absolutely love the way you wrote about it. religion is a major theme in my writing as well so i gravitate towards this open style of calling out these inconsistencies. thanks for writing. look forward to your next post.

    1. Thank you. Maybe it’s just me, but I see signs and symbols that are not exactly hopeful in so many image prompts.
      I’m often not convinced by the poems that are chosen either. The one I like best I’ll post tomorrow.

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