Every Day is Earth Day: Ekphrastic Challenge, Day 23

Inspired by all three images

There’s magic held in ordinary things–
the robin’s song, the light it brings
in rosy dawn, when the world is silent
save its song,

a remnant of the ancient tunes—
the ones that drift from stars and moon
to rest in Grandma’s smile and hands–
both soft and strong

their movement deft, her knowledge a gift
a time-shifting swift,
a songbird that sings–
you belong,

words not needed, as with doggy grins and kitty purrs
the soft whinny of a favorite horse—all stir
the magic of this wondrous world
as light around a shadow long–

so, watch, listen, see—it floats, rests, soars on wings,
this quiet, splendid magic of ordinary things.

For Paul Brookes’ Ekphrastic Challenge, Day 23. Each of these challenge poems is written the day before it’s posted, so this one was actually written on Earth Day. Both of my grandmothers died when I was very young, but my daughters have had strong relationships with theirs. My mother died last April at age 97, but my husband’s mother is younger and going strong. You can read the other poems here.

25 thoughts on “Every Day is Earth Day: Ekphrastic Challenge, Day 23

  1. Your poem is magical and musical, Merril. My paternal grandmother died when I was 8; my maternal grandmother died before I was born. I was rather afraid of my paternal grandmother. She never smiled that I remember, and I think she was blind toward the end of her life. She fascinates me, though. She came over from Germany with her family and they were shoemakers for a time. I have a photo of when she married my grandfather. My youngest nephew looks just like him, and my family thinks I look like my grandmother. That’s probably why she interests me 😉

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