The rustle, or: Swishing

An ekphrastic shadorma

long unclothed 
boughs expose posh homes;
the rustle
that distracts
but a young housemaid's apron
strings shyly swish-swish

d’Verse poetics: The Landscape Sleeps

At d’Verse, writers are encouraged to select one of four paintings and write an ekphrastic poem (in any style or form) inspired by that work of art.

I selected John Atkinson Grimshaw’s ‘A November Morning’ (1883):


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!

44 thoughts on “The rustle, or: Swishing”

  1. Love the minimalist expression here David, and the singular focus on sparsity โ€” with two tasteful bits of onomatopoeia. Excellent representation of the image.

  2. This is so amazing how you managed like slight of hand, to make it all about reading between the lines. Your careful word choices from unclothed to those strings… well… U sly dawg u! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Truly a great poem David that for me makes the painting more interesting and decidedly suggestive!

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