Once seen …
An oldie, resurrected in this time of renewal …
Once seen . .
Its the blue that does it.
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
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.
© Elfstone 2023
Like everyone else, I was enjoying the imagery, then the surprise ending. Very clever Elfstone, a skillful write indeed.
Thanks Val. I hope the ending doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the imagery. Elf.
Gosh, thanks Leila; very glad you think that 🙂 Elf
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
Aha – I suspected that this, being so old (like it’s writer ;p ), a number of our current members would not have read it. My thanks mitch for leaving a comment. ‘Sir Stone of Elf ‘ 😀
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 🙂
So glad you liked this bel. I hadn’t notice the nib and nomination – thrilled to have both! Elf.