Inspired by OVP16, SaraFM16, BB16
Countermand the Night
I want to upend the eve,
un-reflect the sun sinking in cerulean sea,
let it rise again, as a crown
over crimson robes of an anointed ruler–
reverse time, like words seen in a mirror,
read the hours backwards—
now the crows wake,
now the fish dance in dawn’s light,
now you are here beside me still.
For Paul Brookes’ Poetry Month Ekphrastic Challenge. You can see the artwork and read the other poems here.
This is a very moving piece, Merril. I love how you capture yearning in your writing.
Thank you, Steve! That’s so kind!
A most poignant desire
Thank you, Derrick.
“reverse time, like words seen in a mirror”–what a wonderful image Merril. It conjures so many things. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe. I’m so pleased you picked-up on that.
I’m certain this is one of the lost poems written by our prosery heroine. (I think her name is Marie?) It feels like her.
I love that idea, Liz! Maybe it is!
Marie was her friend. Her name is Julia. (I had to go through my stories to double check that.) 😄
Beautiful. The idea and images were striking “I want to upend the eve, unreflective the sun sinking in cerulean sea” (wow). The last stanza picks up the pace (and are my favourite lines of all) and then the last line gave it all meaning to hold onto.
Thank you so much, Chris! I really appreciate your close reading and very kind words. 💙