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Best Ekphrasis Poems

Below are the all-time best Ekphrasis poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of ekphrasis poems written by PoetrySoup members

Premium Member Ekphrasis on The Magpie by Monet
A lonesome magpie~
perching on a forlorn wooden stairs
on a snowcapped mountain side
spells serenity in the day light.

The barn house reflects
the pale lavender shadows~
a soft blend...

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© JCB Brul  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: appreciation, art,
Form: Ekphrasis

Premium Member That Starry Night
Like no one before, nor since
 you painted that starry night in oils
  superimposing your life story.

I feel I know this idyllic village

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: art, depression, night, passion,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Laminated Love

Frozen flames pressed 
between each page; 
suddenly, I felt each passing note.
The painting on the wall began to breathe	
gently the same colors repeated life....

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Categories: art, beautiful, desire, fate,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Van Gogh: Cafe Terrace At Night
from beyond his
vibrant palette
that bore all his 
lifelong scars

is what I see
beneath his sky
and myriad
of stars

a scene inside
a silhouette
formed by the
yellow light

that hints at
The Last...

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Categories: art, symbolism,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Your Smile Sends Me

You were sly with your wanton  stare 
How you seduced me with only a look
Neither classic nor found in any  book
Unique to you it...

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Categories: art,
Form: Ekphrasis

Premium Member Dear Gustav
Oh ...

Gustav, how you pique the senses
          Captured passion's plural tenses

Lovers twined in percale folds

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Categories: art, beauty, history, humanity,
Form: Ekphrasis
Waterloo Bridge
In London fog, the river stills.
In silver sleep, it cools and fills
with cobalt mist as dawn unfolds;
above the Thames, the sun bleeds gold.
Into the haze,...

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Categories: art, beauty,
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member Abbi of Bacabi
She left one day, her Kiowa village
And stood proudly in the sun
Beneath the Tabletop Mountains 
And walked among the golden sea
Of waving grass, fearless and...

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Categories: art,
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member WE, NASTY WOMEN

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Categories: allegory, history, political,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Wrapped in Colors
*Inspired by photo

As the sun sinks behind the hills
Color tints snow, where all is still
A bright sky ends a winter day
Into the night, leading the...

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Categories: appreciation, beauty, color, sunset,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Lemon Afternoon
The incendiary wick
of a lemon afternoon
flickers in the lime lagoon
as sunset breathes fire,
tangerine scorching
lilting melon waters
until incandescence
drowns in dusk's indigo 
and coconut hills rise
to cerulean...

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Categories: color, imagery, sunset,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member What Fascinates Me


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Categories: art, sky, stars,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member In Fancy's Space

I wonder . . . do you know where poets go
whenever they sit down and start to write?
I think the answer’s easy. We should know

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Categories: poets,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Plato and Socrates
Dramatic prose for the pompous asses
I throw my Platos at you
If you come any closer
I will Socrates you right in the nose
Demands, demands!!!! The clowns...

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Categories: appreciation, beauty, humorous, ireland,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member A Depiction Of One Artist And His Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh~Starry Night

a precarious world of indecision

a dark pallet of light

this brilliant depiction , it does scream , it cries out

blues and yellows swirl...

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Categories: art, confusion, life, loss,
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member Springtime By Monet
A nail goes in the barren wall to bring the spring alive
I can almost hear a bird that begs a morning sun to rise
There's a...

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Categories: art, spring,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Table for One
Insistent starkness claims a leafless day
Where morning breaks with silent calm and dread
The slope of field is framed, behind the glass
reveals a fallen tree, with...

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Categories: artautumn, lonely, morning,
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member LS Lowry: Land Of Lost Shadows

land of lost shadows
and unweathered skies.

five urban colours
through unflinching eyes.

tall distant chimneys
and schoolyards at play.

smoke drifting sideways
in stillness each day.

sketches on packets
of stained cigarettes.

strange brooding...

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Categories: art,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Hickory Sunrise
The morning's first cup is sweetest, rich and hot, 
as I look through my kitchen window at the hickory.

The low branches will come off first.


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Categories: autumn, childhood, imagery, nostalgia,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Bird of Prey
A cerulean heron
perches in cloisonne
among jade shoots
of a topaz tree
as shadows of platinum fish
undulate in silence
of teal waters.
The tableau of moonstone,
fulgid in azure sky,
hovers in...

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Categories: bird, imagery,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Absinthe Leaves
In the firmament of trees
October's eye
looks down in cruel azure
on summer's absinthe leaves,
flocking like survivors
to a mortal haven.
Autumn's blood magma
creeps through leaves
bequeathing fire 
and brittle...

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Categories: autumn, imagery, sky, tree,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member A Self Portrait
Behold, oh my beloved!
Is there a hidden care
you would like to share,
with your not so gentle gaze?

Repudiating caducity,
your eyes portray
sustained excitement ~
still and restrained
whilst behind...

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© JCB Brul  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: appreciation, art,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member She Weeps for Summer
In autumn's brisk crimson
she weeps for summer.
September courts her
with scarlet and fire,
but xanthic plains
and sun's saffron blush
on cobalt lakes
stain her cheeks.
She'll sleep
in winter's bereft cloister,

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Categories: autumn, imagery, summer,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Que Seurat, Seurat
Like a Seurat painting
I view my life up close
and see a million tiny colored dots:
       eating breakfast

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: art, love,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Muse Unmatchable
*   *   *

Now, once upon a summer dusk a lyric verse sublime
an airy nothing fancied forth toot sweet in one fine...

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Categories: imagination,
Form: Ekphrasis