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 artwork. This Ekphrastic poem is based on a painting by Johannes Vermeer entitled Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Girl With the Pearl Earring
I am a girl of silent mystery
Without a name or identity
I do have a gleam in my seductive eyes
That can look beyond untold lies.
A turban upon my turned head
My lips seductively spread
To speak words no one will ever hear
And the enormous pearl earring in my ear.
I was drawn out of the darkness into the light,
Girl with the Pearl Earring a precious sight.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!