The Gravity of Home

They’re sending out bird machines pasted to the sky over a smoke-filled collage of clouds and burning buildings. In the silence of departure, on a pathway of storms, I turn away from the life I’ve known towards the unforeseen, tangled in bare branches, winter, all of it retreating from a world that contains no escape.

Between the above and the below, floating uneasily, ghostly silhouettes shadow my footsteps as I head blind into a collision with the invisible horizon, held captive by a threshold that seems to extend forever.

No shelter appears here on this road of leaving.

Clinging to tattered
wings, sparrow searches for some
anywhere to land.

Merril at dVerse has given us some wind-tossed paintings to use as inspiration for Ekphrastic verse. I chose the painting below, by Joseph Farquharson, ‘Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to West’

41 thoughts on “The Gravity of Home

  1. Now if this doesn’t encapsulate the now I don’t know what does. We are, “held captive by a threshold that seems to extend forever” 😦 It seems like every time things begin to brighten, some other dark toxin invades our space.

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  2. WOW, a gut punch and a poetic uppercut. Your second stanza is killer, incredible wordsmithing and truth to power. I applaud you. It works well for the prompt too.

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  3. This is so so strong Kerfe, bitingly sad, furiously frustrating! Excellent post my friend! Assuming the art is yours — well done… 🙂✌🏼❤️

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  4. What you said about the bird is so sad. No where for a real bird to stop and rest. How it breaks my heart.
    And that particular photo is as if sketched by the hand of God. It was, I know: your hand.
    Lovely poem. Thank you.

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  5. “ghostly silhouettes shadow my footsteps as I head blind into a collision with the invisible horizon,”.. this is incredibly potent! ❤️❤️ Fantastic response to the prompt!

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