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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Sweetwater

Well I was sinking slowly and blissfully into the beauty of your images, then bang, I hit the last verse and a ‘whoa where did that come from?’ But it works so well 🙂 plus I have learnt a new word, never heard of ekphrastic before, not in my dictionary so had to resort to the ‘web’ 🙂 Sue.

Ifyouplease

you cannot float like that without the nails

good poem

Jay12

I was floating around with them until the ending.

TheRecluse

🙂

Ionicus

Difficult at first reading to realise that the work of art in question is about Christ’s crucifixion. The denouement is in the final stanza. A skilled write but I would question the lines
“a very pleasant way of
escaping troubles.”
Luigi x

Ionicus

My point is: the final verse –
“Of course,
the nails through
the hands and feet
wouldn’t be much fun.”

hardly represents

“a very pleasant way of
escaping troubles.”

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