For today’s prompt, we’re going to write ekphrastic poetry–or poetry based off another piece of art. In the past, I’ve provided paintings, but today, I’m picking photographs (for something a little different). You may use one of the images below or choose your own.
Here’s my attempt at an ekphrastic poem:
We looked for the people,
but they were nowhere to be found.
Their houses crumbling beside
the Red River, we checked the ground
and spotted their shadows.
They were hiding in the leaf-less
trees. They climbed higher
until they transformed into giraffes
flying through the clouds
no longer bound to the earth.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and the type of poet who will turn to art when he’s stuck in a rut. He’s the author of Solving the World’s Problems and a former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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