April sunshine has given me the courage to take on the challenge of writing Ekphrastic poems. I have never attempted to translate the emotion from paintings, drawings, sculptures, or other visual works of art into words. The challenge will require me to dig deep to tap into the passions such works of art create inside a person. Most of what I write will be speculative. There will be times when I will place myself into the mind of the artist. Still other times, I will express the emotions I experience gazing at the work of art. If I get creative, I might even tell the story from an element within the work of art. This Ekphrastic poem is based on a painting by Courtney McKinney entitled Crossroads.
Swirls of passion within dark lines
Splotches of green, purples, yellows and blues.
There is a pattern that easily defines,
The passage between the speckles and hues.
Here I stand waiting at the crossroads
Sometimes feeling like I’m ready to implode.
The heat of a fire burning under my skin,
Ready for my future to finally begin.
There are so many things I have to decide,
Closed in but wanting my life to open wide.
The swirls of passion mingled with strong desire,
Stuck on the ground but willing myself to reach higher.
There are so many roads I want to travel
Afraid the lines might slowly unravel
Like a snag in a loose thread
Leaving me with of grey instead
Of the purples, yellows, greens and blues.
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