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Best Ekphrasis Poems

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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 Moonlight
Painting by Edvard Munch, 1895: "Moon Light"

your soft hand trembles in mine
no words are spoken
we observe our ascending full moon 
as we have every month...

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: death, love, love hurts,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Laminated Love
Frozen flames pressed between each sheet
I flip every page while taking notes
Censoring every event in my past 
I fall deep when staring at the painting...

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Categories: art, beautiful, desire, fate,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member Vincent 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 of shades
and silhouettes
formed by the
yellow light

that hints at
The...

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Categories: appreciation, 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 Queen of Butterflies
The sun’s sparkling streaks,
of sangria grace, 
descend upon 
the malachite verdant valley;
world of pristine mountains,
and evergreen tales of 
rainbow hued meadows. 
Where medieval castles 
are...

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Categories: deep, fantasy,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member We, Nasty Women
must refuse relegation, obey
only the roar of our own angels, then reshape 

breastplates to shield the motherland
from any warlord who dares 

to pimp our flag.
Battlefields...

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Categories: allegory, history, political,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member What Fascinates Me
art inspires me, Van Gogh fascinates me! 
                                 
   ...

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Categories: art, sky, stars,
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 'separation' - the Art of Edvard Munch
When love is torn asunder and there is nothing left but dissent,
a lover's heart will be shattered, mortally wounded and rent.
In a relationship that was...

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© Lin Lane  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: lost love,
Form: Ekphrasis
Premium Member The Soup by Picasso 1902-1903 New Poem 1256
Poverty and hunger are bedfellows.~ The Poet~ 

Alluring, pleading
Yet it will burn,
Pangs of hunger
Immanent yearn.
Desperate child 
So forlorn
For the poverty 
To which she was born.
Minds...

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Categories: poverty,
Form: Ekphrasis

Book: Reflection on the Important Things