November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 21

For Paul Brookes’ challenge, the painting I chose is I need a private world by Marcel Herms.

MH21 I need a private world, mixed media on paper, 24,3 x 31,6 cm, 2019


When the wheels spin, I spin,
leaf, feather, world, it all spins
to the rhythm of my turning pedals.

Sky flashes
flecked with birds swooping,
leaves falling,

unknown voices drift
in and out of my ear,
clear as blue, limpid.

Then they bark,
the parents at the end of the garden,
peering over the gate,

straining with narrow eyes.
They bark about safety
and horrors at the end of the lane,

drawing in my chain.
I strain, push pedals
but the spinning fails;

they reel me in with their
mastiff authority, heavy jowled—
I wish I could fly.

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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.

21 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 21”

      1. Here such parents are called – thanks to the patriarchalistic past – “Helicopter mothers”. 😉 OK, its a nice thing handcraftig something with wool. But i am really not made for this. 😉

      2. It’s mad. Part of the problem is that couples are encouraged to have a child, not a family. The same way they’d get a dog or a new car. It’s a possession and you have to protect it, not it’s a child so you have to love it.

      3. Dont worry, Jane! I am in procrastination mode. 😉 Just try to collect new information for our monthly village magazine. But sometime this is very horrible. Enjoy your rest of the evening.

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