#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 257 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Circling 'Round

he pursues truth down linear paths
disappears ‘twixt thick lines of text
grasping blindly in a maze
foiled at every angle
lines crossed and tangled
he’s far afield
that he’s
cycles and spheres
universal dance 
Sun and Moon, Earth’s seasons
clarity circling near
reciprocation and return
magic is held in roundness she knows

The Tanka Tuesday challenge from Colleen Chesebro is to write an Ekphrastic poem, a response to “The Crystal Ball”, a painting by John William Waterhouse. The syllabic form I chose is a double nonet.

32 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 257 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

  1. D. This is stunning. I like how you wrote from the man’s perspective: “he’s far afield unaware that he’s lost her…” The imagery of roundness is found throughout the painting. It kind of reminds me of karma, which knits these double nonets into the two facets of their worlds. You could write flash fiction to these paintings too!! What stories we could tell. ❤

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    • I’ve been writing more poetry lately, casting about I suppose over the semester break, and have kind of liked the change up from flash. I am glad not to get too into their story. But I did feel this was a man’s room, but also noted all the geometry. The way the first section ended worked out pretty cool, he’s lost. Or, he’s lost her, so no punctuation in this one so it can go different ways. Anyway, thank you for your kind words and great challenges.

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      • It’s always a pleasure to read your poetry D. I’m convinced that I use different sides of my brain when writing poetry vs. flash. I know that’s not true, but it feels like it. LOL! These breaks are so good for us. It gets our creative juices flowing. ❤

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        • Thank you, Ms. Chesebro. It’s always a little weird putting poetry out there. Gulp.
          With the word limit or sentence limit of my favorite flash prompts it is similar to syllabic poetry, in that the math side of the brain is in it and helping to keep it all organized and focused. I think constraints are the best thing for writing, mine anyway. D’verse has their “quadrille” where the only rule is 44 words, and that has been a productive prompt/restraint for me. But yeah, counting syllables amongst the lines, that’s a good challenge. Here’s to more where less is more!

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