May 18, 2009


It is sort of like “Object Writing”, Jannie Funster brought up this term. I said sorta and sort of are the same word. Ekphrasic poetry is where someone writes a poem that was inspired by or to expresses the feelings / emotions of a piece of art, either a painting or sculpture. Back in April for the Poetry Day Challenge I wrote one such poem. But it was not just the challenge that led me to do this as I had also been to a reading that had a slide show of art photos. It was part of the Blanton Poetry Project.

And now here is the painting (not part of the reading) and the poem I wrote…

.............................Allegory of The Five Senses by Gérard de Lairesse (1640-1711)


To see life’s reflections in the convex mirrors of your eyes
So easy is your touch to the fallen bird of a desolate field
To smell a white velvet rose is to inhale your blessed scent
So sweet is your engaging taste it is a moist fruit upon dry lips
To hear your soothing laughter as a soft ring of a triangle
So too is the rebirth of my joy in each vivid thought of you

And of course my beloved added a bit of inspiration to this piece. Happy Birthday my love


Jannie Funster said...

That is one great love poem!!

The part about the fallen bird on the desolate field made me cry. So you've done your job well.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That painting is very inspirational.

sheila said...

Wow, you wrote that? Awesome! Talented! And happy b day to hubby!