November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 30

Final day of Paul Brookes’ challenge and I’m pleased to say I participated every day. Some prompts were more challenging than others; some produced poems grimmer than I enjoy writing. Some drew out memories, unexpected but worth airing now that any fear or unease is long laid to rest.

Thank you, Paul for your generosity in preparing all this and giving us a platform for our work.

Visitors by Terry Chipp

TC30 Visitors (2)

Rose by MJSaucer

MjS 30 Rose


Night visitors

between the wardrobe and the door
made of shadow and shifting moonlight
they were always there

still are but now I know who they are
and why they are here.
Their eyes have lost the piercing questioning
and smile gravely

welcoming me to join the endless chain
back and forth stitched with shreds
and shards and sighs of sorrow
cradling moon-pale bones and the sepia rose.

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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.

15 thoughts on “November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 30”

  1. Congratulations on completing the month of prompts!
    This one–facing those night visitors–I couldn’t decide if it was a scary or not. i felt more a sense of sorrow and regret from them. Those last two lines are wonderful!

    1. Thank you! I’m pleased you thought there was an ambivalence about the visitors. It’s what I wanted to say—things we don’t understand aren’t necessarily frightening, and some are only sad when we know what they mean.

  2. “They were always there”–so much we neither see nor understand. And congratulations on 30 days of your insights into the art. It was a rather grim selection, but you captured the feeling well. (K)

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