Inspired by all three works AWD11 Colorful Infinity, GK1, Dundee Graffiti, and JPL11
The Variegated Universe
A monochrome world, every day lived
in sepia tones, like a long-ago photo, with occasional red–
well, there was always blood, wasn’t there?
It had been a gradual change—
decrees and books—
told what to see—it was easier that way.
But amidst the root-rustle, verdant patches spread,
birds knew that color wasn’t gone—
and sang and chirped and chirred and whooped
till some remembered and children first saw
the infinite colors in large and small—pebbles and stones,
the circles and cycle of trees and bees,
the thatched cottages that led to the sea
with its wine-dark poetry and iridescent fish,
the rainbowed spindrift, the stars and moon that space-shifted
within an ocean of blues,
the green of pasture, the flowers—the world was multi-hued.
Now they saw it and sang with the sun, while the stars laughed
and the birds laughed, too.
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!
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you, Paul.
You hooked me from the opening line. Well penned.
Thank you so much!
Ah, I love the hope for the future in this one. Those prompt images have been working some magic on you!
Thank you so much, Liz!
I’m enjoying the challenge, but it’s a bit overwhelming, too. 😅
You’re welcome, Merril!
The language is so you! I’d recognise this as yours anywhere.
‘every day lived in sepia tones’
I suppose it still is, unless we look properly 🙂
Thank you! Your comment made me laugh.
Now I’ll have to read today’s poem 🙂
The birds will lead us, if we let them…(K)
Yes, so many don’t watch or listen.
I do love some ‘wine-dark poetry’ Merril: enjoyed this!
Thank you, Ingrid. I couldn’t help myself! 😅
I agree with Jane – I think I would recognize you anywhere! And that is a good thing. I love this.
That is so very kind. Thank you! 💙