28 April 2011

NaPoWriMo 28 ~ Ekphrastic piece

My muse is running dry. For inspiration I typed "anguish" (emotion, starts with "a") into Google images.  The image below was among the first group that came up.  The piece is in response to the picture.  I'm not sure who took the picture.  The blog where I retrieved it listed it as a photo he had collected some time ago.  Only two more days in April!  



salty sheaths glisten unto her lips
discharging her encumbrances

she remembers reading that
suffering engages freedom
restriction brings release
tears cleanse spirits

and so her throat swallows itself
as desire pulls its way up through
her mouth in an anguished silent scream
a bubbling sulfuric bog


Stan Ski said...

Your words fit the image perfectly.

Mary said...

I don't think your muse is dry at all! I can really FEEL anguish through your words, Brenda. My favorite image is: "her throat swallows itself."

Mr. Walker said...

A nice complement to the picture. I, too, saw that scream as silent, so your poem focusing on the internal is most appropriate. I agree with Mary on that image of the throat swallowing itself.

Marianne said...

Very powerful word response to an incredible photo. "A bubbling sulfuric bog" is a wonderful image.

flaubert said...

Brenda, perfectly written to the image. I love the second stanza, that is how many people feel I believe.
As for the feeling of the muse going dry, it is something I am
experiencing myself. Yesterday, I kept thinking I couldn't write another word. My last couple of poems felt forced to me, but we only have two more days:)


Gloria said...

Wow, the image most certainly set your muse free. Fantastic response for this image...the silent scream...wow!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Great interpretation and description of the picture!