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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


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



Ekphrasis on Charing Cross Bridge
hazy morn has broken
as silhouette of solitary boat
silently sails on Thames river
where a steam train just passed
on pallid emerald bridge
leaving a titanium smoke
that glazes the...

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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
 blanketed...

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

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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 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 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.

Once...

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Categories: autumn, childhood, imagery, nostalgia,
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,
the...

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Categories: autumn, imagery, summer,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member HOME SOIL
vivacious roses pose

in air

oxygen free from the stem

arising like balloons

resurrection of rosies

blushing brides at peak

before their spoiling

before their mistreat

their passionate gowns sweet

wormy stems
await greening apples
Eden’s...

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Categories: marriage,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member The Greatest Generation
Wise to emulate
 
“The Greatest Generation”
 
Depression Era
 
Hard times faced with dignity
 
Heroes rose from common men
 
 
 
*Entry for Brian’s Ekphrasis contest....

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Categories: people
Form: ekphrasis
Premium Member The Camp of the Dead Children
Emily of three years
Leukemia eating her soul
Her bald head, made her smile wider
Please mummy do not cry
I will hug you even after I die

Tommy of...

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Categories: beauty, introspection, love, sad,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Introspection On Toast
There once was a picture that wormed itself into my reverie
On a gray, cloudy morning, whilst it was raining and cold.
In this one picture were...

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Categories: food, introspection, life, simile,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member haiga - Enigmatic Moment
C          R           O
a   ...

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Categories: art
Form: ekphrasis