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Stone chicken - a Poetry Friday post

This month, my poetry sisters and I are doing ekphrastic poems again (poems based on a piece of art). Andi sent us a bunch of truly lovely photos she took at the Glencairn cloister, and we each picked an image to work with.

I've been doing lots of work on my picture biography of Adelaide Crapsey, who invented the cinquain, so I decided to write one about my favorite image - a column with a carving of a chicken at the top of it.


copyright 2016 by Andi Sibley

Here's my poem:

Noble
somehow, perhaps
because rendered in stone,
puff-chested, far-seeing
chicken.

And here are links to the works of my lovely poetry princesses:

Andi
Laura
Liz
Sara
Tanita
Tricia

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Andi Sibley
Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
"Puff-chested, far seeing" - perfect description! I love what you've done with such a short poem, bringing out all the complexity of the symbolic carving. I wondered why a chicken was used on one of the twelve column carvings, supposed to cover symbols related to family. Then I read a couple of websites linking the rooster to ancient Christian symbols of grace, related to Peter's denial and Christ's forgiveness after the resurrection. Peter was a bit of a rooster, wasn't he?
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
The history is fascinating - thanks for cluing me in!

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