An ‘Arkquain Swirl’
graceful Lady of the Snows;
understated coy smile knows
cape and muff
brimmed fancy hat;
wastes draw away to allow
her between bent laden boughs
as she floats through them;
close to the
flushed like red dress;
welcome home native daughter;
untouched by weight of waters
she absorbs the scene;
knowing pools dark
For Tanka Tuesday today, Colleen Chesebro offers an ekphrastic challenge, encouraging writers to compose syllabic poems inspired by George Henry Boughton’s ‘The Lady of the Snows’ paint (to the right).
I decided, once again, to write an ‘Arkquain Swirl’ poem.
Last time, I entirely forgot (ack!) that this form requires every pair of seven-syllable lines to rhyme; but this time I was careful to follow the rules!
- Syllabic (34 lines): 1234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321;
- Every pair of seven-syllable lines rhyme
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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64 thoughts on “Lady, or: The snows”
A splendid form. Feels like one is reading through a smooth river flow.
💛🙏🏻 Jude 🙏🏻💛 ~ thanks so much
Hi David, you really described the image! Lovely poem!
💘 🙏🏻 Elizabeth 🙏🏻 💘
The imagery and alliteration just make me swoon! Beautiful, David!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
💙🙏🏻 Yvette 🙏🏻💙 ~ thanks!
That’s a lot of poetry for a single painting. Brilliant 👏👏🕉
💖🙏🏻 Doc 🙏🏻💖 ~ thank you!
Gorgeous writing, David! The imagery gives life to the painting.
💛🙏🏻 Sara 🙏🏻💛 ~ thank you
David, this is excellent! You picked up on her haughty, almost pensive glance… It makes me wonder why she is dressed so fancy for a walk in winter near the beach. LOL!
🖤🙏🏻 Colleen 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thanks for the prompt 👍🏻 😀
Ah! The Lady of the snows comes alive with your words David. Well-done!
💚🙏🏻 Balroop 🙏🏻💚 ~ thanks so much!
I quite enjoyed the character description you have created here, David. This line stood out to me: “welcome home native daughter” Nice!
💞🙏🏻 Michele 🙏🏻💞 ~ thank you!
It’s a beautiful depiction of the painting.
Perfect description of the painting, David! ❤
Delightful – love the alliterations.
Well captured of this Snow Queen and the form David! ❣️
💜🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻💜 ~ thanks!