Inspired by all three works of art
A Night at the Inn
The inn settles for the night,
its wavy-glass eyes shaded and shuttered,
its walls steeped in memories of strangers and lovers
and stained with centuries of smoke and tea.
Outside a tawny owl calls, twit twoo,
startling a badger, who brushes past
a man lost in the tangled growth
of the old canal path–
the badger yelps, the man screams,
but no one tucked inside the inn hears
anything but the moon’s lullaby.
Under an ensorcelling quilt,
a curly-haired girl dreams–
a secret garden and a flower that glows with light,
she wakes with a smile,
as owl and badger close their eyes.
I am once again 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. Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring art! Derrick Knight may see that he provided me with a bit of inspiration for this poem, too. 😊
This is beautifully melodic, Merril: my favorite type of poetry 😊
Thank you so much, Ingrid! That’s lovely.
What a lovely dream 🙂
Thank you! 💙
I love this!! It has a British Romantic feel to it.
Thank you very much, Liz!
You’re welcome, Merril!
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Thank you so much!
A very idyllic scenery. I want to see this inn in real, as we here are only having pubs. 😉 xx Michael
Thank you very much, Michael. I’m not sure where the actual inn is, but we can all dream. 😊
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Thank you, Paul.
You are right about the art, and I love the way you have woven the three images together. I especially like the last stanza. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe!
I certainly did spot my badger, Merril. Thank you very much (I didn’t scream, though 🙂 )
You’re welcome. Poetic license, Derrick–you don’t seem the screaming sort. 😏
Of course 🙂
On further reading I spot Ophelia, too. I am honoured
I think Ophelia must be from my subconscious. 😊
I love this! The rhythm is wonderful and you so beautifully put the three images together!
Thank you so much! It helped once I figured out how to start it and put “Derrick” in with the badger.
Yes! You are rather clever!