stars burst from before time,
blooming fire-flowers from incandescent seeds
germinating, spawning life
in scallop-shelled births on foam-flecked waves,
there is beauty, truth, in the shimmering blue sea,
and in the reflected light, an endless story
From shadowed depths, fronds and fish, the slithery, slow-crawl–
scale to feather to skin, uncovered to epochs of the sun’s ground-warming,
the little mouse hides,
emerging to gaze at the stars as she gathers red berries–
all around her, winged predators
and two-legged destroyers
who forget ancestry and legacy—
that they were born from fiery blooms,
the winging, swinging, swirls of singing light,
and the expansive, cerulean sea,
where submerged memories rise, sparkling diamonds
to fly on the spindrift of eons–
catch them–if you can.
There’s a bonus image/poem tomorrow, but this is the end of the official poetry month challenge. Thank you to Paul Brookes for hosting this ekphrastic challenge–and for all he does for the creative arts community. Thank you to all the artists for your brilliant and inspiring images, and thank you to my fellow poets for sharing their work. Congratulations–it’s been quite a month! You can read all of today’s poems here.
Woo-Hoo!! Finishing line!
It’s been a great month, reading your fine works, Merril. thanks!
See ya around.
Hi, Ron.! Thank you so much!
When I scrolled down through the poems, I thought for a moment that this was mine 🙂 You’re right, our thoughts were very similar though we each have our own vocabulary.
Yes, very true. 😀
Thank you, Jill!
Just a delightful ending to a great month of poetry: congratulations Merril!
Thank you so much, Ingrid! 😀
A wonderful reflective ending Merril 🙂
Thank you very much, Susan!
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you, Paul.
You’re more than welcome, Merril. Creative energies meshed.
Yes, indeed, Paul.
I was wondering how you were going to tie such disparate images together. Well done! And congratulations on your month of ekphrastic poems. A big challenge admirably met!!
Thank you so much, Liz. I appreciate all your thoughtful comments.
You’re most welcome, Merril. I really enjoy your thought-provoking poetry.
A wonderful ending to the month. Thanks for all your thoughtful responses to my art, and to the other two excellent artists. I think our work fit well together. (K)
Thank you, Kerfe. It think it did, too.
I am in awe of your talents and you ability to come up with one, two, three poems per day! What a wonderful month this has been and I love how you managed to weave all three images. Beautiful.
Thank you so much for your very kind words, Dale!
Now, I won’t lie. I’m not sad this challenge is over. I had so much trouble keeping up 😉
I did, too!!! 😀
This is such wholesome sumptuous poetry. Exquisite ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you so much, Jude! 💙
So beautiful! I could get lost in this poem 🙂
Wow! Thank you so much!