November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 24

For Paul Brookes’ challenge, the prompt is They say that about the meek by Marcel Herms.

MH24 They say what about the meek, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, 2019

Ask no questions, hear no lies.

No rest for the wicked, they say,
the devil makes work for idle hands
and takes the hindmost,
but God helps those who help themselves.

Let me have men about me that are fat.

And we, the meek and mild,
the children and their mothers,
the poor and the dispossessed,
the widow who handed over her mite,
we who wait on the side lines for
those promised crumbs from the rich man’s table?

You have a lean and hungry look.

Blessed are those, they reply,
who turn the other cheek,
so as not to see the blow fall
at the other side of the street.

The earth teems with the meek
with no voice, the four-footed,
the winged; all creep into the abyss
made for them by the fat and sleek.

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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.

23 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 24”

      1. I saw a picture from Serbia this morning where priests are standing around the dead body of their deceased ‘colleague,’ all without masks. In the last couple weeks quite a few church officials have died of covid, including bishops and archbishops, the Metropolitan of Montenegro, as well as the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church himself. And the pattern is always the same – each gets infected at the mass or wake of the deceased one, and I’m hearing my mother time and time again – God helps those who help themselves.

  1. The last stanza sums it up. You have been given a bleak set of images to work with for the most part. There is more going on than the dark parts, but it’s hard to see sometimes. (K)

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