My Story

I wasn’t going to post my response to this prompt, but I kind of like the resulting stream-of-consciousness poem. We are using the following image as bits of inspiration. The picture is called My Story and is by Karina Llergo.

https://revivedwriter.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/4d24f-my-story-001.jpg

One book, flipping open across my spine,
Flapping facing backward, paper wings:
Another tome hovers like a hummingbird
Open away from my face.
What I have read is printed on
My body, this paper-thin skin,
As a magnifying glass scrutinizes
My hip. I have closed my eyes.
My legs are turning into rain,
With water-drops becoming red,
Becoming relief for a tree, becoming ink.
I write what I have read.
I give what I have lived.
But I plant one tree, one tree:
Growing a little more beauty.


Update: I am sharing this with DVerse Open Link Night.

10 thoughts on “My Story

  1. I usually post images with poems, though I always worry that the image will do the selling and not the poem. As closely as your poem “reads” the image, it stands wonderfully on its own.

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  2. I like your approach to ekphrastic poetry as write what you see – I didn’t need to see the image to know what you were writing about. I love the idea of ‘paper wings’ and the tome hovering like a hummingbird, and the final lines about planting a tree and ‘growing a little more beauty’.

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  3. Really lovely surreal poem – love the way art took you through the veils and spun you around. But you came back to us with the gift of those last two lines and returning with a gift to be shared is always the purpose to such journeys.

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