Landing on the Other Side

the other side s

My bones are
white under my skin
(also white–
but different,
not bleached or hard–) and yet you
answer by asking

for eaten
words, invoking crow–
(according
to legend,
once white too)–bearing omens,
consumed by riddles.

How far will,
then what?—the black bird,
the human,
arms outstretched
unfeathered above waters
that drown the questions,

quench courage.
Spinning children of
the moon!—(all
shadows with
the same skin–)
What light lays bare,
its absence enshrouds.

Picture

My poem “Landing on the Other Side” is included in The Ekphrastic Review’s Franz Kline Challenge responses.  Kline’s painting is above.  My thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for once again featuring my work.

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21 responses to “Landing on the Other Side”

  1. ebbtide says :

    The is wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. D. Wallace Peach says :

    As you know, I find your work mesmerizing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. janetweightreed10 says :

    I love this work and the accompanying words…fantastic 🙂 x

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jodi says :

    I started at the art a while first before reading your words. I immediately saw a feather, which I then found in your prose. It made me smile. Beautiful art. Deep thoughts!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sharon Mann says :

    This is what I take away from this powerful message….What I see in the art is a human shadow in the background with feathers floating on the surface. The words are telling me to be true to myself with courage.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. merrildsmith says :

    Another wonderful response–circles, shadows, and more questions.
    I like your artwork, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jane Dougherty says :

    Those last two lines are of an irrefutable truth. I saw feathers too (crow shedding its whiteness).

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your artwork and poem is thought provoking, Kerfe… I like the colors you chose for your art piece. 😊

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