Because I am an overachiever, I decided to extend my Ekphrastic poems into the month of May. 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 Homer Winslow entitled Mending the Nets.
Mending the Nets
We may be stuck here at home,
And not live an adventurous life out on the sea.
We may never become the heroine in a famous poem,
But without our needle skills where would the men be?
I’ll tell you where with giant holes in their nets,
For the fishes to swim through.
I ply my needle without regrets.
What more can a woman do?
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