Woman and Ghost

woman and ghost s

I have lost the barrier
between me and the world–
tangled in the web it weaves
to keep itself from falling apart

It holds my pieces tight
and yet the space between them
opens and shifts–
I have lost the barrier

What orbit holds my destiny?
edges come and go simultaneously
as the gaps grow wider
between me and the world

Bridges retreat and paths lead
farther away from any idea
of location—fragmented, off-center,
tangled in the web it weaves

Slowly threads expand on tides
of iridescence seen only in certain lights,
raveling random and untraceable connections
to keep itself from falling apart

woman and ghost close up s

An ekphrastic response to “Woman and Ghost”, which was gifted to me by the wonderful Claudia McGill, who has also gifted me with inspiration, support, and friendship.

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For the NaPoWriMo day 20 prompt: “write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received”.


The poetic form I used is cascade.

12 thoughts on “Woman and Ghost

  1. I am honored. That my tiny little image meant this to you. That’s all I can say because I am speechless. Thank you. And your poem makes me want to say: I am yanking on the thread that holds you to me and tying it up with some knots. Because I feel lucky to have found you and your friendship and it’s one of the things that keeps me hanging on to things myself these days.

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  2. This is beautiful. 🙂 Her gift, that you have it, that you chose to write about it. ❤ I've had this post open for a while now with the photo of her gift showing. It calms me to look at that green and red and her pose. Wishing all well to both of you.

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