Day 15. Congratulations on achieving the half way point to all contributors. 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 15th.

Day Fifteen

GK15 glow sticks

-Gaynor Kane – Glowsticks

AWD15 Ode to A Garden

-Anjum Wasim Dar – Ode to a Garden

  1. JPL15

-John Phandal Law

(after Glow Sticks, GK15)
bursting neon incandescence
fueled by alcopop aftershocks
skin up
smoke up
wait for the drop
wait for the boom
think I’m
a dancer
more bez
than talent
everyone loves everyone in the room
i love every single person in this room

– Jamie Woods

hope in a Dead garden by jane dougherty

-Jane Dougherty

Ode to a Yard
to AWD15 Ode to a Garden

The backyard, now a room.
The teeming branches
of the pin oak, red bud,
and elm stretch into a canopy.
We leave part of the lawn alone
to sow a meadow. Violets, clover,
dandelions. Tall patches of native grass
go to seed. Periwinkle blushes
on the yard’s borders.
Gardening tools laze about
atop a disheveled log.
The garden soil, dry, still not tilled.
The metal spikes that held last year’s tomatoes linger,
supporting withered stalks.
Clustering around the far edge,
a thick crop of never-fail oregano.
Elsewhere, batches of volunteer kale
surprise us.
On the garden’s edge, a hose lies coiled
ready to strike.
Inside on a counter, seed packets sit
waiting for soil and sun.

-Barbara Leonhard

15. [Ode to a garden AWD15]

Before you burn, or
Dissolve, or
Whatever it is we’ll do to you,

Remember the flowers, little
Delicate flowers,
We made room for

-Math Jones

Growing Season (AWD15 + JPL15)

By June the garden forgets winter and its lone
flower—a child, her head wreathed in red,
feet rooted in ice, innocence, and time. Adults

season her with their dreams, yet hope
blurs this burden of youth. A party
of petunias tangles Missouri primrose, shooting

star, queen-of-the-prairie—a meadow
flanking a city street. Petals confetti concrete
walls. The fringetree sweetens the breeze.

—Lynne Jensen Lampe

Ode To A Garden
After Anjum Wasim Dar

It’s April now, and everything’s awake
the garden furled with colour and with song
as if to make amends for past mistakes.

Pollen swirls the air like gold snowflakes
tempting the bees to follow, play along.
It’s April now, and everything’s awake.

Blossom weighs branches, pink as new heartbreak.
Below it all the greens wait, fresh and strong
enough to make amends for past mistakes

I make like daffodils, pour sunlight on my face,
allow myself to join their hopeful throng.
It’s April now and everything’s awake

The brightness of it all, it makes me ache –
these sudden blooms the banging of a gong
trying to make amends for past mistakes.

Hypnotically, the seasons give and take
convince us all that nothing can go wrong,
as if to make amends for past mistakes.
It’s April now, and everything’s awake.

-Jen Feroze

The Girl in the Snow
looked at me as I passed
it was only fleeting
her eyes said everything and nothing
I wondered if she lived
in one of the grey buildings
or prayed at the church

whether she was cold
and whether she was loved
it was only fleeting

-Tim Fellows


A girl in the dress
In a city of

-Carrie Ann Golden 

Glowstick by Caroline Johnstone

-Caroline Johnstone

Mug of Orange juice on rocks

William is an artist living in Henley.
He paints oil on board, asks
do we think
the black and white
with a dash of colour works.

Someone responds, asks
orange juice in a mug?

In this other
black and white image
of an empty city street
               snow no footprints
it’s not the red beret
that’s out of place
              it’s the child herself.

-Caroline Johnstone

glow stick fun by lesley curwen

-Lesley Curwen

December’s child (JPL15)

A child in falling snow
dressed in black wool
red-hatted, red-cheeked
I have always been here
Will you throw snowballs?

Each December I form
a dark blot on this white
my shape is devised
by your rods and cones
Will you throw snowballs?

I am form in a loop
I am mote in your eye
I am lost and found
present and flown
Will you throw snowballs?

-Lesley Curwen

Ode to a garden by Peter A

-Peter A.

15AWD and JPL

We forced them to retreat. The tumult of explosions had died down, and all that churning fear paused for a moment. Those who perpetrated massacre moved their attention elsewhere. Smearing us with the shit of disinformation as they left.

Meanwhile we told the world: Now, view the bodies in the street.

You could not look. You think you do well to ask: Are there any children left? If you tolerate this, take your consequences.

-Lesley James

Inspired by JPL15

not lonely
not empty
not afraid

this is stillness
unblemished, untarnished space

and under my crimson shroud
I defy intrusion
am alone

at last

-Vicky Allen

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

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.
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
With her artistic skills she plans and conducts “Environment Awareness Workshops for Children” and is a member of and
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:

-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:

-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 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 (, 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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