November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 22

There are three image prompts for today’s poem, all of which fit in somewhere. You can see all three on Paul Brookes’ site (my quota on WP is almost full). The one below is by Marcel Herms, Kid Blue going to the city.

MH22 Kid Blue going to the city, mixed media on paper, 27,5 x 29,7 cm, 2020

A new day

The kind of thing we write in stories:
the downfall of concrete,
the uprising of the oppressed,
the green and blue,
les sans dents;

how the sky opens
above the fog and smog
and human filth
and pours, green and growing,
out of the broken flagstones.

When the night trees gather
their peace and let it fall
on the grey, washing it with the colours
of bird feathers, then the earth will sing,
the oceans wash clean our bones.

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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.

24 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 22”

    1. Ever since I noticed the youngest consistently makes a lexical confusion between leaves and feathers, I can’t not see why she does it. Bilingualism is a magical state to be in. It opens some part of the consciousness that’s closed to the rest of us.

      1. I think that’s true. I notice it with the dual-language people I know. Bilingual Spanish speakers in New York use a combination of English and Spanish all the time–it’s not just the images that are magical, but the sounds.

      2. It’s a whole new language. Mine have their own vocabulary and idioms that aren’t quite right, but they see absolutely no reason to ‘get it right’. Like ‘not on my clock’ or calling an oven an othen. My favourite is chucklepops for shuttlecocks.

  1. So Eloquently
    Poetic And
    Beautiful
    Rather
    Bluntly
    Truly
    To
    Put IT in TO
    Words That
    Reflect TRUE
    Reality
    This
    Enema
    In The
    US Attempting
    To Flush Away
    THiS Orange
    T8RD is STiLL
    The (A)Stink Stank
    Stunk Gunk Oiled
    Most Disgusting
    Septic Tank
    Explosion
    Mirroring
    Even
    The Orange
    Thing’s Lawyer
    Sweating
    Down
    His
    Face
    You Know
    That Feeling
    Ya Wanna
    Throw
    Up But
    After
    4 Years
    There’s Nothing
    Left But An
    Enema
    To Finally
    Complete in
    2020 Vision in 2021
    But Honestly
    ITS Just
    F in
    Karma
    Children
    Sown
    Of ‘The
    Corn’ Still
    ReaPinG in Bits
    And Pieces of ‘8’🤑🤮

    1. The septic spoutings
      of the Fake Fraud
      are echoed all over the world
      his idiocies
      revered as holy truths
      his lies as gospel
      and his right to
      eternal sovereignty
      undisputed.
      The species has a flaw.

      1. Holy
        CR8P
        Rings
        So True
        In The Light
        Of DarK Humans
        Are So Cray Cray
        Overall
        Ain’t
        Enough
        Prayers
        In The World
        Literally
        To
        Lift
        The
        FLaWS oF
        Human Ignorance Up
        Now Except Heaven
        Forbid
        A Big
        Flood
        Now Or
        REALLY
        Big Fire To
        Rid Tall
        Living
        Trees
        Of
        Scrubs
        Struggling
        To Get By Below..

        Indeed,

        It’s
        Come
        To Pass
        This
        Flame
        oF iGNoRaNCE
        So Far UNMasKeD…

      2. unmasked it walks
        in ignorance amid
        the myriad molecules
        of plague
        head held high
        in arrogance
        and lo!
        the spikéd virus
        up the nostrils sneaks
        and now
        how are the mighty fallen
        their diseased bodies
        thrown to the carrion dogs
        without the city walls.

        We can dream.

  2. In Words Now
    Godzilla Nature
    FiReS AGAiN
    Proving
    Folly of
    All Human
    Clothed Tools
    A
    Next
    Pandemic
    May Not
    Be So
    ‘Trump’
    Only
    Friendly
    As Godzilla
    Version 2.01

    Coming
    Out
    Of
    The
    Ocean
    DROwNinG
    What’s ALReadY A
    SinKinG TRumPTiTaNiC 🚢

      1. Yep the State With
        The 3rd Highest
        Rate of Infections
        And Least Protections
        Verily
        Ripe
        Now
        For Godzilla
        Fire in All
        Lacking Empathy
        For Human And
        Other Breathing
        Life Intelligent
        This Way

        Or

        Not…

        The

        Predators

        Now Prey…

      2. You Know Jane it’s
        Really Sad Some
        Of The Most
        Consistently
        Logical
        And Kind
        Folks Like
        My Mother
        In Her Later
        Years have
        Fallen
        To All
        The Conspiracies
        In A Bottomless
        Pit Of Swamp
        That No
        Logic
        Or
        Even Common
        Sense Will Remedy
        But Yes Then So Many
        Decades Ago i Remember When Young The Catholic
        Church Taught
        me ‘Used
        Women’
        Have
        No Value…
        Oh The Lies
        My FRiEnD Oh
        The Harm Ignorance
        Of The Bottomless
        Pit of Swamp
        That Is A Real
        And Present
        Condition
        The Human
        Condition
        Brings in
        Bonding And
        Bonding Two Or
        More Over Both
        LiGHT
        And
        DarK
        Idols
        Of Ideal
        Fruition
        In Dreams
        And Living
        Nightmares Same
        At Least Free Flow
        Of Information
        Provides
        Some
        Potential
        Avenues
        Of Escape
        For All The
        Organized
        Deceit And
        Lies Hand-
        In-Hand
        In Ignorance
        Bringing Nightmares
        Of Harm To Fruition
        To The Point
        Now
        Fear And
        Hate in
        Deceit
        In Lies
        Walks With
        ITs Head
        High
        As
        Night
        Becomes
        Day For All to See

        Who

        Can

        And Will

        Not Fall into
        A Bottomless Swamp.. 👹

        As Ironically Myths Do

        Bring Truths And Lies

        Of All Natural

        Human

        Archetypal

        Stories

        DarK

        And Or

        LiGHT

        Story
        Still
        Reigns
        King And
        Or Queen Of
        HuMaN Conditions👸 👑 👹

      3. Yet in all the stories there is a voice of reason the one who points out that the emperor has no clothes, who punishes the cruel tyrant and liberates unjustly held prisoners. The voice of reason is lacking among the ‘believers’. No one comes to save them from themselves. The swamp swallows them and spits out the pips.

      4. Hehe That’s
        Why i BoRRoWeD
        A Huuuge ‘Life Raft’
        In The Forest
        In The Highlands
        Of Swamp Land
        USA Trademarked
        Just in Case
        A Swamp
        Flows
        High
        As
        i
        Remain
        An ‘Insane
        Naked Clown’
        To ‘Them’ Just
        Doing ‘Circus
        Tricks’
        Hidden
        Within
        (Hint: Agape Love)
        From View HAha
        Ain’t Life
        Grand
        In The
        Highland
        Forest of
        The Bottomless Swamp
        WHere ‘They’ Don’t
        Already
        Realize
        They’ve
        Already
        Raptured
        Themselves
        On 5th Avenue
        Nope Not Here
        To Save
        Anyone
        Story
        Shows
        That’s
        A Failing
        Gig MaKinG
        Ignorance See
        OxyMoron
        Human
        Condition
        iNDeed…
        🤡🤦‍♂️👹🎶😊🤗😁
        Oh Lord
        i AM
        Such
        A JaNuS🌊

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