Once seen …

An oldie, resurrected in this time of renewal …
 

Once seen . . 
 
Its the blue that does it.
Every time 
that blue grabs me –
that deep and deepening 
cobalt blue, merging into black.
It has such gentleness and peace.
I want to sink into that blue;
I want my soul to swim in it;
I could lose myself in that blue.
 
Then again, there is the 
sunset above water
the sea, always the sea —
and the sense of distance,
of space opening beyond infinity.
I always had a soft spot for
sunsets over seascapes.
 
And of course there is that 
sense of weightlessness 
— he just floats there. 
Must be nice that 
to be weightless, drifting free;
to detach oneself;
to soar above the world;
to float away from the humdrum,
effortless and serene;
a very pleasant way of 
escaping troubles.
 
Of course, 
the nails through 
the hands and feet 
wouldn’t be much fun.
 
© Elfstone 20/9/03
 
This was the first poem I posted to UKA back in 2004 (was it really that long ago?!). It seems appropriate to post it in the new site and I suspect most of the people who are now members have not seen it.  It was a Challenge poem, the task being to write an ekphrastic poem.

 

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Stormwolf
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i was reading along happily, thinking you were describing the beautiful part of the world where you stay. Yes, the last lines are a shocker but I was immediately thinking of one of my favourite works of art.
Dali’s ST John of the Cross.
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Alison x

Valdohren
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Like everyone else, I was enjoying the imagery, then the surprise ending. Very clever Elfstone, a skillful write indeed.
Val xx

Leila
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Excellent!…Leila

Mitch
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Before my time so it was good to see this, Sir Stone of Elf and yes the last stanza reminds me of a less than fun way to spend Easter… Mitch

Belcanto
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Really well written! I thoroughly enjoyed the read without knowing the source, and loved the ending; it was such a tongue-in-cheek-ironic surprise. Congrats on the nib and nomination. Well deserved! bel 🙂

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