Winter Escape (an ekphrastic quadrille)

In my bruised purple world
no icebergs range
no glaciers creep

In my pink cotton-balled night
no icicled trees sharpen
to break in the dawn

With no voice, no hearing
I’ve come to you heart-istically inured
to take my insular leave

For Sadje's What Do You See? #170, image credit: Sylvian Sarrailh @ Digiartque and dVerse's 44-word quadrille, "ice"

62 thoughts on “Winter Escape (an ekphrastic quadrille)

  1. What a most interesting poem, Dora. I love the form with the one word ending each stanza. We do live in a bruised and purple world it seems. But there is also good and light around us as well. The sun comes up each morning even if we don’t!


  2. It feels like a safe place yet there is a sense of longing to engage…. without conflict. That is only my interpretation. I really enjoyed your interesting word choices and where the image took you, Dora.

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    1. That lone figure certainly has a longing to engage, “without conflict” ( i hadn’t thought of that) but I can see that given his willingness to withdraw. Thank you, Mish.


  3. I like the way you combined two prompts to create an ekphrastic quadrille, Dora, the use of colour, especially in the phrase ‘bruised purple world’, and the lines:
    ‘no icicled trees sharpen
    to break in the dawn

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  4. Ah, I lost my comment! Let me try this again and if this isn’t helpful, feel free to delete!

    If that image isn’t the Christian life, I don’t know what is!! Since the Fall, this world is a bruised and purple place. Praise God there will be a day when those who are in Christ will leave this sin filled place and see their King in His Beauty. Praise God we won’t be taken to Him tele-portally, but by the Spirit. May we not fear crossing from death to life but rather look forward to the redeemer garden that will have no tempter, where the Son will be the Light forever and ever. Love you, Dora!!!!

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    1. I love your comment, Mandy, thank you for taking the time to rewrite it, frustrating and time-consuming as that is. All the more reason to thank you for looking deeper to find a golden meaning which for us who are Christians means everything, that there is a Way and there is a coming Day when we will all be healed from the results of the Fall because of Christ’s work on the Cross. God bless you, my dear friend. Love always 🥰🙏

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    1. There is a cloistered stuffiness for sure, at least that was what I imagined from the suffocating colors of the artwork, a “cotton-ballness” if you will, not quite protective from pain. Thanks for your close reading, Jimmy.

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    1. That would be the shame of it for such a persona, since “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” As Psalm 95 says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts ….”


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