Gerard, or: Me

My first ekphrastic poem

Inspired by Gerard Richter’s ‘Abstract iii’

My fingers brush across the keys
Clickety clack, clickety clack
Symbols appear upon the screen
Clackety click, clickety 
I've nothing else but what I mean

The middle

What changes most is color scheme
Two in one, two in one
Black cloud travels to the right
One in two, one
Explodes in red like ruptured heart
Two, one, BLAM!

A d’Verse poetics prompt:

‘The Poet as Painter’

As instructed by Laura at d’Verse, the first half of my ekphrastic poem was written before I had seen the painting itself, but only with the title of the painting in mind.

After seeing Gerard Richter’s painting, I wrote ‘Through the middle’ and then went on to write the second half of my poem.

54 thoughts on “Gerard, or: Me”

  1. The BLAM, I see it. Your typing seems less climactic. I do like how the mustard yellow font of your title matches the color scheme of the image. πŸ’―

    1. Ana, this is not the sort of poetry I usually write – and, unless prompted, I’m unlikely to write it again πŸ™‚

      But I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  2. I like how you translated your reactions to the painting through poetry. I’ve done this a couple times, and it’s a neat exercise. Your poem has a nice, toe-tapping rhythm. The painting gives me a more chaotic reaction — but that’s a wonderful thing about art: Everyone has individual feelings about it πŸ™‚

  3. I love the fact, my friend, that I was not sure of what I was reading. In no way a criticism of you and your writing. A compliment, really, in that the imagery and very sounds evoked in my thoughts by your writing swept me across many events in life, and the one I had not considered, even though I have been following the news in Israel, was the election. Clickety clack, tap tap tap, tick the boxes, cast the ballots, beware, be wary, tarry not, my friends, for another such moment is coming. This is such a loud and livid world we live in, David. And of course here, in the US, far too much noise from angry politicians and pundits and guns guns guns. Slide, click, shoot. BAM!

  4. I think you ‘got’ the painting in this writing David, which is something I couldn’t hope to do. I just look at it and my head wants to explode!

  5. digital artist with rhythm is how I read and felt part1 – and it carries well into the actual painting in which you see the ominous black cloud warning over the ruptured heart (life always permeates our interpretations!)
    p.s. thanks for joining with your first ekphrastic – its useful sometimes have a picture to prompt our poems especially in dry times – one small point, the poem’s title needed to be the same as the artwork except I wrongly titled it (oops)- the artist is painter without a brush and the work is simply β€œabstract iii”

    1. Thanks so much for the new [for me] challenge, Laura. I’ll do it again if d’Verse recommends another one, but likely not otherwise 😁😬😁

      P.S. I corrected my post to reflect your correction – thank you! I like getting the details right.


  6. These are difficult to write – for me it is like writing with a blindfold and all I see is the art. Obviously you managed to do a wonderful job. I hope you give it another try!

  7. I like how you note the change between the two halves of the painting! The color changes are pronounced. Could even be a seasonal change! Well done!

  8. I probably shouldn’t smile at this poem but I did have a chuckle, it’s really you, and your own particular style, I love that BLAM at the end!! :)) I also love this artwork!!! Good one for an ekphrastic. Haven’t seen dverse, cool that someone is teaching that… xoxo

    1. I’m not sure how you’d deal with the d’Verse prompts, Lia… you’re very singular and special in your style and don’t seem to conform to anyone or anything.

  9. Gosh, well done. I think this is one of the most difficult prompts I’ve ever encountered, and you’ve done it great credit, David.

    1. I really struggled with this prompt, but ultimately just wrote what came from me and posted it, Misky… I felt that no amount of cleverness on my part would produce a results that I would be especially pleased with πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much,

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