Humming death

Another one I never sent in to the Ekphrastic Challenge. The painting is by Marian Spore Bush.

They let the boat drift
with its cargo of petals
and the woman, who some said died of boredom,
others, from sinful curiosity.

With its cargo of petals, the boat
carried to the sea by the great green river
sighed as the pearl-light called,

and the woman, who some said died of boredom,
sank with her petals into the sea-green arms
her moon-face silent as the pearls that were her eyes.

Others, from sinful curiosity
watched from the shore, how the humming death bird
hover-sipped the petaled soul, setting it free.

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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.

28 thoughts on “Humming death”

  1. I saw death there too. I like the juxtaposition of boredom and sin. Mine is in my pile of rejects to possibly post. It’s large and growing. (K)

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