She flouts decorum
A curve of thigh exposed
Draped like silk upon her chair
She dares me to risk her boldness
My paintbrush craves her devil may care
Spellbound, I tarry, swayed by temptation
The authenticity of her essence
Her rebuff of feminine bindings
My colors bow to her allure
A force to be reckoned with
She teases with her smile
My intrepid muse
Her brazen gaze
Isn’t this an amazing piece of art? To me, Lady Agnew’s posture and expression convey a dauntless challenge to acknowledge her power, her being. I wondered what the artist thought. Did he expect a woman properly dignified, stiff, and prim? Did he love her dare as much as she?
I love these Ekphrastic challenges. Ekphrastic poetry is written in response to a piece of art. Colleen chose this prompt after seeing it on Rebecca Budd’s blog: Chasing Art.
I wrote a stacked/double etheree, which is comprised of twenty lines with a syllable count per line of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. This poem looks like a diamond.
To read more responses to the challenge, learn about syllabic poetry, or submit your own poem, stop by Colleen’s blog: Wordcraft Poetry.