Sonnet — April 18

For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is one in which the poet writes a poem based on another work of art, whether that’s a painting, photograph, sculpture, mixed media, or other piece of art.

I based my poem on the image below, from today’s Silent Sunday post on Sammi Cox’s blog.

Sonnet — April 18

The odor of blossoms
is like a surprise pillow
to my face— a sneak attack
that starts a three month war

The trees like girls awakening
after the slumber party of winter
reveling in the warmth of morning
and new bodies unfurled

Casting cushions of scent
and petals of pink and white
like lace to the forest floor
soft as a bed at dawn

I am small and hopeful— walking
between these eager giants of spring

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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8 Responses to Sonnet — April 18

  1. ivor20 says:

    Ekphrastic poems tend to be descriptively inspiring, and yours is no exception… and your finale is superb … here is an Ekphrastic poem of mine …

    Waiting Time

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  2. Beautiful work here. Very inspired

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    “The trees like girls awakening
    after the slumber party of winter” Best lines!! Love this poem, but don’t change these lines :)

    Liked by 1 person

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