Sky, or: Earth

A Waltz Wave

An ekphrastic poem

stands 'tween
and earth,
amidst lush
legs rooted
'neath heaven's soft
cotton quilt,
upon the


The above Waltz Wave was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.

Poets were prompted to write ekphrastic syllabic poems inspired by the photograph of my father on vacation in Costa Rica to the right, which was taken by my mother and provided to Colleen by me.

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.

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)

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65 thoughts on “Sky, or: Earth”

  1. I like how you waltzed with your lens to capture ‘grace’.
    May all the memories of those we have lost, be for blessings.

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