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 The Lifeline.
Braving the cold, the wind, the storm
The handsome rescuer sails across the lifeline.
Leaving shelter where it is dry and warm,
To pluck shipwreck victims from the coastline.
Strong and fearless he floats through the air,
Above the angry sea to find the injured and lost.
Adrenaline pumping through veins, bones, and hair.
Putting yourself in danger without examining the cost.
And through it all he still enjoys the ride.
We need a hero in our modern day and age,
To secure us with strong arms and sail away home.
A lifeline to rescue us from this stormy rage,
And carry us over the tossing billows and foam.
A hero to give us a hope for a bright future,
Beyond this political philandering and dangerous disease.
Turn our treacherous tragedy into an adventure,
One that may have brought us to our knees,
But left us stronger on the other side.
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.
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