Day 15 Ekphrastic Challenge, My Poem, What Is

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Inspired by all three works of art.

What Is

Grey winter days
brightened by her crayon—

she chooses red–then
blue, green, and yellow,
the world becomes

a garden of flowers, an enchanted place
with magical glowing creatures

her life
no longer in shadows
(when she was a boy)

no why,
simply is

full of light and color.

When I was writing this poem, I did a quick consult with the Oracle, and the words boy and life stood out. It made me think of this song, “When I was a Boy,” by Dar Williams. I can still remember the first time I heard it. Dar Williams is a big favorite of my children, too.

My poems don’t always seem to make it into his posts, but I am once again participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art…

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