Gold, or: Blue

An ekphrastic poem

barren skeletal trees and snow-
covered, distant peaks speak

of winter, more than mere hints
belied by golden hillsides as though -
as though - a woman could warm
herself merely by lying

down upon them, though
whether she rested her back there;
upon the stubborn green grass; rough,
rocky hills; or silent snow, 

she would note, of course - 
of course - azure 'tween the clouds

d’Verse poetics prompt:

‘Fay Collins revisited’

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to write ekphrastic poems inspired by the art of Fay Collins, who tragically developed cancer during lockdown and died in September this year.

I chose a striking painting of Fay’s titled ‘3 Trees at Coniston’. Coniston is, apparently, a village and civil parish in the Furness region of Cumbria, England.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

63 thoughts on “Gold, or: Blue”

  1. I feel hurt by the fact that you don’t reply to my comment (yet you have seen it, as you had to in order to approve it) but reply to everyone else’s. (I made the time to check back if I remember where I commented, because I had notifications turned off). Are you unhappy with me or my comment, David? And if so, how would you like to see things improve?

      1. Oh! In that case, I am truly sorry. I didn’t believe you missed it – since you approved it and liked it. I know we’re all doing our best, and yes, I know you get a lot of comments!

        1. sometimes I approve them in my phone app and intend to respond to them later on my computer and then I get inundated with life and those approved comments get pushed down the list and I forget about them. I’m sorry!

          1. Oh ok cool. πŸ˜† That makes sense. Thanks and no worries! It’s been a long time since my blog was anywhere near as comment-populated as yours; I do remember how incredibly time-consuming it was, and I wan’t anywhere near as efficient at it as you are most days. Ahhh many thanks for your kind reply! πŸ™πŸ’—

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