Day 27 Ekphrastic Challenge 2023

Blinks and Turns

Single cells to shiny scales,
swimming and slithering
in primordial muck
to crawl upon a shell-strewn beach,
to lap from tidal pools.

Each change, a yearning;
each season, a turning,
creating new from what is there—
stardust leafing light to air

we breathe,
time blinks–
an ice age comes, time winks,
the frozen is undone,
lost currents become storm-churned sea,
swirling turbulence shatters dreams–

soon, a thousand Atlantises
sink beneath the ocean’s blue,
fins glide through girders
of sunken skyscrapers still pointing
like steel fingers
from beneath waves to fickle sky.

For Paul Brookes’ Poetry Month Ekphrastic Challenge. You can see the art and read the other poems here.

20 thoughts on “Day 27 Ekphrastic Challenge 2023

  1. Love how you made all the images work into this. I admit when I looked at them, I wondered what you would do. Was more than pleasantly surprised!

  2. I do like this one. That ‘primal muck’. When I read this, the focus seems to be the photo of the stone on the beach, my favourite of the four, that somehow I didn’t use in my poem. I thought I’d keep it and write a poem just for the stone. I’ll have to wait though until your images have faded.

  3. A history of the natural world in just four stanzas! For some reason, I find it comforting and reassuring that nature is stronger than we are. It will find a way to survive and thrive.

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