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Once upon a time I wrote a truly useful post on ekphrasis, and what it is, and rather than copy it here, I'll just direct you there (though I haven't checked all the links in that post to see if they still work).

Today, I'm sharing an ekphrastic poem based on this photograph of street art taken by Sara Lewis Holmes when she was in Tel Aviv, Israel.



As the crows fly

As the crows fly,
shadows etch themselves
on walls below.
Another look,
unlit phoenixes,
rising in ash.
Another view:
instead of crows,
rising doves.

You can read the other poems here:

Tricia
Liz
Laura
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Once upon a time I wrote a truly useful post on <b>ekphrasis</b>, and what it is, and rather than copy it here, <a href="https://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/109804.html" target="_blank">I'll just direct you there</a> (though I haven't checked all the links in that post to see if they still work).

Today, I'm sharing an ekphrastic poem based on this photograph of street art taken by Sara Lewis Holmes when she was in Tel Aviv, Israel.

<img src="https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/kellyrfineman/7067736/192601/192601_600.jpg" alt="" title="">

As the crows fly

As the crows fly,
shadows etch themselves
on walls below.
Another look,
unlit phoenixes,
rising in ash.
Another view:
instead of crows,
rising doves.

You can read the other poems here:

<a href="https://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2019/08/poetry-sisters-at-it-again-with.html" target="_blank">Tricia</a>
<a href="https://lizgartonscanlon.com/2019/08/poetry-project-august-2019/" target="_blank">Liz</a>
<a href="https://wp.me/p6Bicx-6Lv" target="_blank">Laura</a>
<a href="https://saralewisholmes.blogspot.com/2019/08/poetry-friday-drawn-from-stone.html" "target="_blank">Sara</a>
<a href="http://tanitasdavis.com/wp/?p=9684" target="_blank">Tanita</a>
<a href=" " target="_blank">Andi</a>

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SaraLewisHolmes
Aug. 2nd, 2019 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh! I wrote to the same image, but never thought to name (and name, and name again!) the birds. Brilliant use of progression in this poem, Kelly.
tanita_s_davis
Aug. 2nd, 2019 06:43 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous
Ash phoenixes and doves?! Wow. This is perfect, grappling delicately with both a history of rising from ashes and the carrion crows of violence, adding at the end a subtle song of peace. Beautifully done.
mlyearofreading
Aug. 2nd, 2019 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's like looking, then blinking and looking again, then another blink and another look. LOVE it!
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Aug. 4th, 2019 05:18 pm (UTC)
I love that you moved from crows to phoenixes to doves. I can see them all in way you've described them here and in relation to the image. What a lovely poem.
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