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Friday, April 11, 2014

Keeper Of The Light

Boat In The Moonlight - Odilon Redon

No one knows how he lost his way
on the familiar run from
the mouth of the river
to his room on the quay.
The moon was out
when he ran aground
and the boat was found
but not the old man.
Only the keeper knows
what happened that night
how he fell asleep
whilst tending the light.

April is poetry month, and the challenge today at The Imaginary Garden was to write an ekphrasis poem based on the work of French symbolist painter and illustrator, Odilon Redon. Ekphrasis is a literary description of a piece of art.


Kerry O'Connor said...

This is quite an involved story you have related in a few lines.. the reader is left to imagine what went down that fateful night.

Other Mary said...

I find your cadence and rhyme quite satisifying. Almost like a sea shanty, but mournful. An intreguing story in a few lines. Well done!

hedgewitch said...

You tell the story well, and under the simple but freighted details, there is a lot of moral weight and authority. Thanks for joining us,Yvonne.

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed. The words fit the mood in the painting perfectly.

Mama Zen said...


G-Man said...

You are right up there with the best of them Yvonne...
have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Liza said...

Oh wow! Such a story packed into those short words. Wonderful, Yvonne!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much.

A sea shanty? I like that. Thanks.

You're welcome and thank you!

Thanks. That's something coming from someone who knows painting so well.

Mama Zen
Thank you!!

Thanks. I miss you and you kick-ass weekends.

Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

Hey Yvonne, this has an archetypal feel, almost like a classic ghost story. What makes these things happen? You make us wonder and care. Thanks. K.

Taryn Tyler said...

Fantastically done.

Margaret said...

… mysterious. I love the reference to the keeper of the light - Fits the lonely and eery feel of the painting well!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks. That's an encouraging comment!

Thank you so much.

I always thought that would be the loneliest job, yet important and rewarding.

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Superb combination of words and picture, and - as other have said - chillingly intriguing. (Hope your winter goes away soon!)

Jemi Fraser said...

Nice! Your words match the image so well! :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks so much. I'm so sick of this winter, I bet everyone is sick of hearing me talk about it too!

Thanks. I loved the painting. Would hang it on my wall in a heartbeat!

Pet said...

Wonderful pastime this Ekphrasis thing. I'll try with my boys. Turn off the TV and the rest of squared electronic devises and write about the black screens! :-)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Yes, do it!! What a wonderful idea....they can sit there and write about the black screens, the possibilities that arise when the screens are black.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Happy Easter back atcha, Yvonne :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oooh, goosebumps. You know how to find the underbelly, Yvonne!

Yvonne Osborne said...


Thank you. I always look forward to seeing a new post from you as well as your comments!