I am pleased to share my poem, To Wander, is published in Volume Eight, Chapter Six of Visual Verse’s ongoing ekphrastic poetry anthology!
Though this chapter of the Visual Verse anthology is from April and I am currently focused on writing my inspiration for the May ekphrastic challenge, I still find the featured artwork from April both playful and curious, and full of the spring vibes still with us in May. The inner child in us invites us to enjoy the moment, to forget about tomorrow, and to smile. The adult in us warns we have no time.
I wandered a little in the creation of this poem. Ekphrastic poetry is especially hard because a picture presents hundreds of stories. Choosing the story I connected with the most took a fair bit of refinement and the cutting away of the distracting tales still trying to dress themselves prettily enough to attract my eye.
Nothing but growth matters in spring. To make room for it, you must prune.
Spring is as good a time for self-love as any other season. Spring is nature’s self-care devotional.
Though the fruit trees on my backyard hill have finished blooming wickedly and the intoxicating smell of the blossoms gone, I have the delight of knowing the experience of breathing in scented nectar is captured in my writing. Words are here for me even if memory fades.
I invite you to enjoy To Wander and nourish your inner creative.
We wet our naked feet in streams
That swell with the sky. Our hearts
Curdle together at the cusp of a
Flash flood carrying us upward. Past the . . . please continue reading here and feel free to share your beautiful thoughts!
Artwork by Cris Martin
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