Day 17, Ekphrastic Challenge, My Poem, Submerged

Inspired by all three images.


I’d never seen a sea so blue,
we dove through our reflections
to the unfathomable depths below.

I saw a mermaid, you teased.
I saw a shipwreck, I replied,

and we went back to our hotel
had our tea on a tray in bed,
gasping and grasping like swimmers
near drowning—submerged here–
the do not disturb sign on the door–
and I never wanted to leave
the room, you, tea,
the sound of the surf–

but here I am on this foggy coast,
firmly bound to shore,
the sea is the grey of winter memories

out there, above the sunken ships
called by sirens,
lovers sail on ships of dreams.

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!

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