A new one on me. Fantastic elastic plastic! No, a way to write a poem about a photograph, painting, statue. Not only did our tutor throw Ekphrastic at us but also Anaphoric – a poetry technique using repetition for emphasis. ‘Try to combine both,’ she said.

With a little help from the Impressionists, in particular Edgar Degas 1876, I delved into the Parisienne cafe life of actors, poets and painters. I’m not sure where my Green Fairy lives but she was certainly kept busy back then.

La Fee Verte

I watch as iced water

slips over sugared spoon

to turn the emerald green,

like magic, to a paler hue.


They watch as I take my cue,

wait for me to slip –

to forget the words

that make my role so real.


He won’t watch – is ice now,

thinks I have lost my touch,

knows they wait for me to slip

into that paler hue.


She watches as I take to stage –

Green Fairy on my shoulder

waiting patiently until curtain fall,

waiting to reward me.



About jaytale

My name's Jill but I'm Jack of all trades and master of none. I've been writing, mainly poetry and short pieces for a long time and decided to concentrate a little harder to see if I can master this at least. I paint both the house and pictures when inspiration strikes. I am a country bumpkin who loves to be outdoors and enjoy meeting interesting people.
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4 Responses to Ekphrastic!

  1. SallyJ says:

    Jill, it is so good to see you back online – and I love the poem!

  2. I love the unspoken allusion to absinthe here Jill ~ did you go to last week’s workshop? Wish I could have been there ~ Polly

  3. jaytale says:

    Didn’t make it last week Polly – Sally threw Englynion, Cynganedd and other unpronounceables at everyone! Thank you for your comments. J

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