Ekphrastic!

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.

 

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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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