ferrying blk s

“We’re all working for the Pharaoh”–Richard Thompson

A body
in motion through air–
static, turn-
ing, turning,
sparks reflected on water–
turning into earth–

to the sky, do bones
become light?–
currents that
connect flesh to elements,

until unseen—sounds
felt, not heard–
veins branching
like trees carrying cells that
nourish, then destroy—

A sudden
change in direction,
drowning and
coming up for
more—impossible to tell
what is or isn’t—

the night, withering
the sun—what
grows secret,
exposed by shadow?—what grows
wings, rises, takes flight?



This was a response to the challenge image above at The Ekphrastic Review. I immediately thought of 2 things:  the world’s refugees attempting to reach safety by boat, and Richard Thompson’s song “Pharaoh”.

ferrying close up 2s

My poem wasn’t chosen, but it inspired a collage in the spirit of my thoughts if not exactly a match to my words.  The winning poems posted on The Ekprastic Review can be found here.

ferrying close up 4s

And Richard Thompson…


ferrying close up 3s

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17 responses to “Ferrying”

  1. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is an extraordinary poem, Kerfe.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. D. Wallace Peach says :

    What a cool image, poem, inspiration. So many “aah” moments as I read. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rivrvlogr says :

    That closing — what so many wonder.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sharon Mann says :

    I have chills, I’m so moved by your poem and image.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Eloquent images, vivid words – got me thinking of those less fortunate.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. merrildsmith says :

    All the strands coming together—through time and space.
    I like your questions at the end.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Inspiring and profound poetic splendor, Marta. Lovely collage too. Great poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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