Brilliant, or: Sparkling

A Garland Cinquain

An ekphrastic poem

tactile closeness
complex social networks
mothers and calves; pair-bonded males
tight ties

a world of words
piercing high frequencies
sound waves cut through murky waters

sweet exchanges
love, pathos, joy, warnings
collaborative, synchronized

sex for pleasure
mates belly–to–belly 
nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat

long memories
enduring relationships
shared emotions; dreams, ideas
one pod

a world of words
love, pathos, joy, warnings
nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat
one pod


The above garland cinquain was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.

Poets were prompted to write ekphrastic syllabic poems inspired by the photograph of dolphins to the right, which was provided by D. L. Finn.

Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially. For more information on ekphrastic poetry, see Colleen’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.

Twiglet #275

‘A world of words’

‘Word of the day’ challenge


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!

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