November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 6

This poem for Paul Brookes’ challenge, inspired by the paintings Can I go now? by Marcel Herms and Darkness beckons by Terry Chipp, is, I hope not premonitory.

6MH Can I go now, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2020


Darkness beckons

because the dream is never enough,
because the road runs bright and broad,
because she thought the golden city was for her,

and although she picks up trinkets on the way,
the road ends always in a golden ditch,
and all she sees is a field of magpies.

Sometimes she thinks the darkness
that stretches out its empty hands full
of no promises offers more than this.

We forget, if we ever knew, that
caged birds sing to sooth their broken hearts,
not ours.


TC6. Darkness beckons

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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.

41 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 6”

      1. This morning B finds some new German cartoon. It’s nice, kids’ stuff – trains, friends, ABC. I leave him for a sec, and come back to that same naive cartoon which takes children for a ride though an army camp, telling a story about machine guns and tanks and bomber planes and crap. I swear to god, I was close to smashing the TV set.

      2. They were, sort of, till that thing today. And then BAM!
        I looove their children’s books – both the stories and illustrations, so imaginative and tactful and age-appropriate.
        When it comes to utube videos, you cannot be cautious enough these days, it seems.

  1. Caged birds lead to caged children. I feel the same sadness in zoos. Now they say they are “saving” the species whose habitats we have destroyed. (K)

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