Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 1, My poem, Abandoned

(Inspired by Gaynor Kane’s Abandoned)


the building with its
cornices, pilasters, and medallions,
its stained-glass windows
now dirt-begrimed,
its corners where cobwebs drip,
and its dust-blanketed floor, a canvas
for the nut-brown rats to paint
as they skitter-skat across it
after the owl moon rises.

Each night
it seems to tilt a bit more,
sigh harder
as if bearing the weight of the ghosts
who haunt it,
the call of the eternal is a murmur,
soft rat squeaks, chirrs, and thrums,
susurrations carried by motes, adrift in light.

It’s poetry month, and once again, I am participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art and read the other responses by going to Paul’s site here.
The artists are Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, and Anjum Wasim Dar.

33 thoughts on “Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 1, My poem, Abandoned

  1. While it would have been nice to see the image here, I could very well picture it with your wonderful descriptions! Beautifully done! (and yes, I did go see it 😉 )

  2. I like the contrast between the intricate but dying interior and the natural imagery of the second part. The ghosts, the owls, that rats of course will go on. (love ‘chirrs’ too).

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