Another sparrowlet for dverse. Painting by Franz Marc
Today, the sun
Another time, another place, another star system in space, perhaps a green bank of wild thyme, or just another dark disgrace, another case of human crime, another place, another time.
Testing waters, digging in deep, while shells rain down and murder sleep, huddle with your sons and daughters. The wide world over mothers weep, listening to lies and mortars, digging in deep, testing waters.
Today the sun shines bright and clear, the only sound that I can hear, the birds, that sing the day begun, remind me I have none to fear, for my world, that is not undone, shines bright and clear. Today, the sun.
I sent in three poems in response to the Ekphrastic Challenge, this painting by Ismael Nery. None was published, but please take a look at the chosen pieces. Kerfe has a poem that is instantly recognisable as hers.
In the dark in the light the men march
faces forward or profiled in moonlight all the same
and I feel the cold of open graves when they pass
hoping they won’t see the slight form in the shadows that is me
hoping the blank stare that offers no hope no justice no pity
will find another. I’ll look away half-life better than none.
These days this war there are no heroes not anymore.
Kerfe introduced us to a German artist, H. Schlagen with her Saturday visit to the Oracle, and his painting of a consultation of Oracles. Another of his paintings, im hyperraum inspired this cascade poem.
On Saturday, the Ekphrastic Review published a short piece of mine based on this painting, Schöpfungsgeschichte II (Creation Story) by Franz Marc. He painted it in 1914. By 1916 he was dead, killed by a shell at the battle of Verdun.
Thank you Ekphrastic for giving my poetry and prose a home with a window.