Day 15 Ekphrastic Challenge, My Poem, What Is

Inspired by all three works of art.

What Is

Grey winter days
brightened by her crayon—

she chooses red–then
blue, green, and yellow,
the world becomes

a garden of flowers, an enchanted place
with magical glowing creatures

her life
no longer in shadows
(when she was a boy)

no why,
simply is

full of light and color.

When I was writing this poem, I did a quick consult with the Oracle, and the words boy and life stood out. It made me think of this song, “When I was a Boy,” by Dar Williams. I can still remember the first time I heard it. Dar Williams is a big favorite of my children, too.

My poems don’t always seem to make it into his posts, but 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!

27 thoughts on “Day 15 Ekphrastic Challenge, My Poem, What Is

    • I think I always had questions–perhaps not voiced. I don’t know that my childhood was simpler–just different.
      I discovered Dar Williams as an adult. I think this song is from her first album, but then I played it for my kids who were still young. Daughter and I have seen her in concert a couple of times.

  1. Merrill, I’m not familiar with the project you’re participating in, but I just dropped in and saw your poem. There is so much in those few verses… beautiful! I also appreciated you sharing the Dar Williams song. I had not heard of her before. I may just feature it on my blog! Thank you for sharing your artistry.

    • Thank you so much, Steve. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. You can follow the link, if you’re interested in the project. It’s for April (poetry month). Dar Williams is really excellent. My daughter and I have seen her perform a few times.

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