“a lonely bird, his paradise unknown.”

Flamingo (2)

Photo by Erin Thomas Dowling


Where water glows; where billows high are blown
a strip of lonely beach I walk today.

Impressions in the sand,  our footprints flown
as one of us has since been washed away.

We’ll walk again beneath this blue, blue sky.
We’ll slide into the silky morning sea
Remembering your face; the eyes that sigh
in paradise, again, is where we’ll be!

But now I walk along this placid beach.
You’re gone! And, I, alone am  overheard
in tones so terrible they overreach
this promised place and scatter all the birds.

This perfect world; this wondrous shore I’m shown:

a lonely bird, his paradise unknown.

An EKPHRASTIC poem?   An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.  My goal: take Erin’s beautiful photo and use it as basis for my poem.  How well did I accomplish this??  Would appreciate any and all responses! Thank you!

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One Comment on ““Paradise””

  1. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    February 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    Testing to see if this prompt works!


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