Day 10. My annual National Poetry Month 2022 ekphrastic challenge is a collaboration between artists Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, Anjum Wasim Dar, and writers, Angi Plant, Tim Fellows, Math Jones, Merril D. Smith, Jamie Woods, Lesley James, Lesley Curwen, Carrie Ann Golden, Peter A., Barbara Leonhard, Jane Dougherty, Eloise Birnam-Wood, Jen Feroze, Vicky Allen, Simon Williams, Dee Roycroft, Jona Roy, Beth Brooke, Caroline Johnstone, Lynne Jensen Lampe and myself. April 10th.

Day Ten

JPL10

-John Phandal Law

AWD10 Harvest

-Anjum Wasim Dar- Harvest

GK10 Double rainbow over the Palm House, Botanic Park, Belfast 2017

-Gaynor Kane – Double Rainbow Over The Palm House Botanic Park Belfast 2017.

Someone Expected A Pot Of Gold

But they said it hit like a meteor
as the sun came out.
Turned the wedding feast into a prism –
everything refracted,
colours and kisses and histories
rewritten. And raindrops
stubbornly jewelling
the many panes of glass.

-Jen Feroze

Harvest

Breadbasket of the world.
Wheat stands tall and proud
Like soldiers

-Caroline Johnstone

JPL10

Damaged
Beyond repair
There’s no turning back
The clock
Time waits for no one
From birth to childhood
Confidence, dreams
abound
Adulthood to old age
Reality, reflection
Overload
What began as whole
Broken to pieces
Only to reform
Into new shapes
Of hope
For a better tomorrow

-Carrie Ann Golden

Don’t Stop
(after Double rainbow over the Palm House, GK10)
Buried behind the glass
Spectral searchlights
Point the way
To two pots of gold.
I tell you I don’t believe in magic
But here I am
Spade in hand
Forever digging.
– Jamie Woods

Somewhere
(inspired by all three images)

Somewhere there are grain fields
that will never grow green,
grow gold beneath a summer sun.

Somewhere there are broken dwellings,
bars, schools that will never ring again
with laughter nor even tears.

Yet somewhere, steely safe and far,
perhaps in stories, perhaps for real,
they tell me there are still rainbows.

-Jane Dougherty

I Knit the Sky –
To GK 10 Double Rainbow over Palm House, Botanic Park, in Belfast
2017

I cast on the double rainbow
To braid a bluebird sky,
One free of storm and ash, free
Of bombs labeled ‘For the Children”.
I thread hope from sun to earth,
Blanket the wanderers, the abandoned,
The slain.
Variegated strands entwine body and soul.
The ends of the rainbows knot
Into a full fight for healing, wholeness,
Gold.

-Barbara Leonhard

Rainbows

The magic of rainbows never left him.
Even after he learnt it was pure light
dispersed to different frequencies.

Even though he knew the Northern Lights
came from solar bursts, dancing
on the Earth’s magnetic field, he gazed

upwards like a child in wonder. When lightning
crackled in the skies, when thunder groaned.
When the moon blocked the sun and darkened

the day, when comets seared through the night.

-Tim Fellows

 

Wonders (Inspired by AWD10, “Harvest,” and GK10, “Double Rainbow over the Palm House, Botanic Park, Belfast”)

A harvest field
turned van Gogh gold in autumn’s slant-light,
a gloomy sky
lightened with chromatic arcing—
reflection, refraction, the clarification by science,
but felt—felt!—
in a tickle, a taste, an expansion of the mind—
heart-touched in mystical reaction,
a response to the stardust we hold within?

-Merril D Smith

Closing Time (JPL10)

Wind church-keys the licorería
windows, sun parches pine planks.
No chance left
to drink your wallet dry.

—Lynne Jensen Lampe

AWD10

Harvest
We stand tall
as we were seeded
faces forward towards the sun
the wind picks up as the rabbits flee
the end is nigh
we return to the sky

-Simon Williams

Love Song by Lesley James

-Lesley James

The Golden Thread (Day 10 (AWD10 – Harvest)

gold threads up
warp and weft of life
exhaling from good earth
and my breath
– a golden thread –
rises

-Vicky Allen

JPL10

It is, to put it gently,
a haunting experience
to return to a place
so familiar from the past,
a place that used to be so alive
but is now nothing more than a
rackle of bones —
a spectre of what it used to be

And I have to declare
how deep the chasm is,
the remnant sadness
so unavoidably ingrained
in the building materials, in the
brick and the plaster, the wood
and the panes —
those fractured panels of glass

What may we make
of this? Are we asked
to reflect upon how
we spend our time? Is
there a lesson to be learned
from random occurrence as
this surely is —
or are we still superstitious?

-Peter A.

Bios And Links

-John Phandal Law

is 68. Lives in Mexborough. Retired teacher. Artist; musician; poet. Recently included in ‘Viral Verses‘ poetry volume. Married. 2 kids; 3 grandkids

-Gaynor Kane

Gaynor Kane lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she is a part-time creative, involved in the local arts scene. She writes poetry and is an amateur artist and photographer. In all her creative activities she is looking to capture moments that might otherwise be missed. Discover more at gaynorkane.com

Twitter @gaynorkane

Facebook @gaynorkanepoet

Instagram @gaynorkanepoet

-Anjum Wasim Dar

started drawing at St Anne’s Presentation Convent High School, Rawalpindi.
Drawing was taught as a Core subject from  Kindergarten.
Anjum learnt the  skill of  Still Life, Sketching,  Landscape Drawing, Coloring  and Shading  She recalled the scented wax crayons and black  paper sketch books vividly.

Subject of Fine Arts at Intermediate level at Govt.College for Women Rawalpindi,   was stopped by the Indo Pak War of 1965. Anjum continued her passion for art privately.
Her job as a Teacher Instructor allowed her to pursue Art work designing and preparing  Thematic Bulletin Boards and Low cost teaching Aids with the Fauji Foundation Teacher’s Training Institute Rawalpindi. www.faujifoundation.org.
This won her the National Education Award 1998.
 
Completing  a Course in Graphic Designing  at NICON Academy Rawalpindi , Anjum began working as a Digital Artist, On Line, registered her Own Firm CER Creative Education Resources 2004 and is a Member of DRN Drawing Research Network UK  and www.bigdraw.org.uk
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/tracey/drn/
 https://sites.google.com/site/cerprofessionaldevelopment/
With her artistic skills she plans and conducts “Environment Awareness Workshops for Children” and is a member of www.unep.org and www.earthday.org
CER Participated in World Environment Day and Earth Day Programs 2011-2013
“Face of Climate Change”
Anjum  loves Nature, landscapes and abstract imagery. Works with pencils, crayons and  the Software ArtRage 2.0  and MyPaint.

Anjum Wasim Dar’s Art Portfolio  can be accessed  here:

https://www.artwanted.com/anjuartwriter/gallery/

-Merril D. Smith

lives in southern New Jersey near the Delaware River. Her poetry has been published in several poetry journals and anthologies, including Black Bough Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic,  Fevers of the Mind, and Nightingale and Sparrow. Her first full-length poetry collection, River Ghosts, is forthcoming from Nightingale & Sparrow Press.  Twitter: @merril_mds  Instagram: mdsmithnj  Website/blog: merrildsmith.com

-Lesley James(she/her)

is a teacher and writer. She was shortlisted for Love Reading UK’s 2022 Very Short Story Award. Featured flash can be found in The Broken Spine, FullHouseLitMag and RoiFaineant. Kathryn O’Driscoll selected her poem Empty for Full House’s 2021 mental health live reading and forthcoming podcast. Brian Moses, The Dirigible Balloon and Parakeet Magazine have published some of her writing for children.

-Lynne Jensen Lampe

has poems in or forthcoming from Figure 1, Olney Magazine, Yemassee, Moist Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Also to come is her chapbook Talk Smack to a Hurricane (Ice Floe Press, 2022) about mothers, daughters, and mental illness. She was a 2020 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize finalist. Born in Newfoundland and raised in the Deep South, she lives in mid-Missouri where she edits academic books and journals. Visit her at https://lynnejensenlampe.com. Twitter: @LJensenLampe.

-Math Jones

is London-born, but is now based in Oxford. He has two books published: Sabrina Bridge, a poetry collection, from Black Pear Press (2017), and The Knotsman, a collection of verse, rhyme, prose and poetic monologue, which tell of the life and times of a C17th cunning-man. Much of his verse comes out of mythology and folklore: encounters with the uncanny and unseen. Also, as words written for Pagan ritual or as praise poems for a multitude of goddesses and gods. He is a trained actor and performs his poems widely.

-Caroline Johnstone

is an author and poet from Northern Ireland now living in Scotland. She has been published widely including Poetry Scotland, The Blue Nib and Marble Poetry. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, curling up with a good book and champagne or cocktails in no particular order. 

-Lesley Curwen

is a poet and sailor living in Plymouth. She often writes about loss, rescues and the sea.

Her work has been published in anthologies from Arachne Press, Nine Pens, Quay Words, Slate, snakeskin, and soon by BrokenSpine and Broken Sleep.  

Her poetic relationship with sound has been helped by her work as a BBC broadcaster, editing words on screen.

-Carrie Ann Golden

is from the mystical Adirondack Mountains now living on a farmstead in the Red River Valley of North Dakota (USA). She writes dark fiction and poetry. A Deafblind, her work has been published in places such as GFT Press, Doll Hospital Journal, The Hungry Chimera, Asylum Ink, Piker Press, Edify Fiction and others. You can find her on her writing blog as well as Medium and Twitter.  

-Jen Feroze

lives by the sea in Essex with her husband and two small children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Ink Sweat & Tears, Chestnut Review, Atrium and The Madrigal. Her first collection, The Colour of Hope, was published in 2020 and she’s currently working on a chapbook of poems about early motherhood. 

-Paul Brookes

is a shop asst in a supermarket. Lives in a cat house full of teddy bears. First play performed at The Gulbenkian Theatre, Hull.  His chapbooks include The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018), As Folk Over Yonder ( Afterworld Books, 2019). He is a contributing writer of Literati Magazine and Editor of Wombwell Rainbow Interviews, book reviews and  challenges. Had work broadcast on BBC Radio 3 The Verb and, videos of his Self Isolation sonnet sequence featured by Barnsley Museums and Hear My Voice Barnsley. He also does photography commissions. Most recent is a poetry collaboration with artworker Jane Cornwell: “Wonderland in Alice, plus other ways of seeing”, (JCStudio Press, 2021)

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