Day 23 Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem, Casandra

Inspired by all three images for today.


No one listens,
none believe
my auguries, the dreams
in crystal, upside-down

temples, cities, walls atilt,
a second away from tumbling
into the sea

They toast from the precipice
at sunset, the sky blood-red
and the wine,

I tremble, a cup plunges into the sea–

the fish swim on unconcerned–
I see their eyes, their eyes
meet mine
eyes on eyes

as I fall
in a vision.

But I am a woman, chattel,
a prize of war.

No one listens

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!

This is slightly revised, and I’m sharing it with dVerse Open Link Night with this recording.

48 thoughts on “Day 23 Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem, Casandra

  1. Great one! Yes, powerful. And we did complementary poems again too. I thought of libations when I saw that painting, and you picked up on it too. Cassandra was such a tragic figure, and one for our times—no one listened because they didn’t like what she said.

  2. I am always amazed how you can look at three images (especially these ones) and come up with this. Beautifully done. No one listens, indeed.

  3. This is such an incredibly poignant and atmospheric poem, Merril 😀 I am especially drawn to the image of the cup that plunges into the sea. I feel there is an omen there. Thank you so much for joining in the LIVE session 💝💝

    • Thank you so much, Sanaa! I’m pleased you thought so. Yes, omens. Casandra foretold what would happen, but she was cursed that no one would believe her. Thank you for hosting!

  4. A beautifully vivid poem, Merril, kind of Arthurian but also like I mentioned before, it reminded me of a tarot card I can’t place (I haven’t seen the artwork it pertains to though). But it had that mythical type feeling. I was also drinking wine as you shared it so I was totally feeling it, ha ha! ❤

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