November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 23

The painting for Paul Brookes’ challenge I have chosen is Ponton de pêche by Terry Chipp.

TC23 Ponton de peche


They wade out from the river bank,
picturesque cabanes, gaily painted,
unheated dens, their little boys’ forts
with drawbridge against invaders and
private notices stuck on the track.

They perch above the floodwaters,
squat herons,
fisher kings of the water,
trawling the mud for catfish
and other bottom feeders.

Sheds on stilts, worth more
than city centre stone
to those who would be gods,
the river at their feet.

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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.

20 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 23”

  1. This is fantastic! I love the rivers of imagery in every line. If I was forced to pick a favorite line it would be…

    [those who would be gods,
    the river at their feet.]

    Beautifully penned, Jane👍👍❤

    1. Thanks Suzette. They’re funny places, used to be ramshackle old things built by fishermen, but now no one can build along the river or the seashore, they’re worth a fortune. Still just old sheds on stilts though 🙂

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