A Garland Cinquain
An ekphrastic poem
loving tactile closeness complex social networks mothers and calves; pair-bonded males tight ties echoes a world of words piercing high frequencies sound waves cut through murky waters pictures vocal sweet exchanges love, pathos, joy, warnings collaborative, synchronized fishing coupling sex for pleasure mates belly–to–belly nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat fondness decades long memories enduring relationships shared emotions; dreams, ideas one pod loving 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.
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47 thoughts on “Brilliant, or: Sparkling”
An inspiring picture led to a stunning poem!
🐬💙 Sara 💙🐬
A beautiful glimpse into the world of a dolphin pod!
❤ Thanks, Denise! ❤
What a delightful garland cinquain. It’s as if you got close to a pod of dolphins for real. 💚
❤ Thanks, Colleen! ❤
You’re most welcome. ❤
💞🤎 Molly 💞🤎
Brilliantly sparkled. 🌠✨
✨💖✨ Filipa ✨💖✨
A wonderful ‘world of words’
😍🤍 Debi 😍🤍 ~ that twiglets prompt made me think about the dolphins from a different angle!
A wonderful picture and reminder that humans are not the only ones with language
This is great! I love your words!
❤ Thanks, Caroline! ❤
Are they former residents of Atlantis?
TBH, I never thought to ask!
That absolutely charming.
🥰❤️ Misky 🥰❤️
💕🧡 thanks, Paula 💕🧡
Love this. Beautiful. XoXo
💗💛 Selma 💗💛
Wonderful, David 💕🙂
💙🙏🏻 Harmony 💙🙏🏻