Red orbit circling tight against light and dark
Dark shadows cover alabaster like a hood
Interrupted by oval skin and white reflection of tiny moons
White clouds offset gentle and innocent surface
Piercing oblivion travel down full slope
Pause in movement, in shock or sadness?
Partially hidden in midnight blue warmth
Behind gentle orbit, faded towers empty
Winding eyes clash with blue rope ending
In crude echo of human form
Painting is titled “Girl in the Red Hat” by Johaness Vermeer
This morning I was inspired by a poetry form called ekphrasis. The Rattling Bones introduced me to the form, referring to in as “playing detective.” Sounds simple, right?
Turns out that it was anything but simple. It was a process of patience, observation, free association and relaxation. The exercise challenged me to slow down and digest small pieces of an image and spend time with each part instead of the whole.
Are you interested in trying it? This challenge is part of a larger study on poetry on Rattling Bones. Go check it out, you may surprise yourself 🙂