In this urban ekphrastic poem, “Six Magnolias.”
One who views nature with lenses closed doesn’t see the season’s changes that are put into place from each day, from the heat of the sun to the coolness of the breeze, just as each day changes us in our age, in our expression of life. A digital art piece and ekphrastic poem to display inspiration.
Urban Ekphrastic Poem: Six Magnolias
Six magnolias at the end of branches, pink as
innocence. A fierce wind could shake them free.
The blue sky mirrors the loose petals
Above where clouds drift softly of different shapes and
sizes. We wonder if the blossoms will stay long or
will fall with the moon.
Like their fragile existence, they caught between
Summer and Fall; the habitation scene stilled except
for the finches and squirrels.
What has happened before blossoms gave up their color to
the sun that absorbed their pink hues,
fading to white? Shadows discolor on dried, shriveled remains.
At this moment when life becomes nonexistent,
when the color leaves the branches to fall into the earthen crust,
a butterfly flutters into the light. Behind it darkness form.
©Linda J. Wolff 2017
An urban ekphrastic poem
What is Ekphrastic Poem?
Poets.org expresses it like this: Ekphrastic poems are now understood to focus only on works of art—usually paintings, photographs, or statues. And new ekphrastic poems have shrugged off antiquity’s obsession with an elaborate description, and instead have tried to interpret, inhabit, confront, and speak to their subjects.
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