Two Ekphratic Poems

Greenland by Judith Appleton ©2014 Judith Appleton

Greenland by Judith Appleton
©2014 Judith Appleton

Land of Ice

Hyperborean form—frosted
by pastels, disturbed by shadow
strands—calls unending dusk-dawn
in sacred colors. An indeterminate
matrimony desires fire inside
a wood cabin, order restored
where upheaval emerges
from swells against the sky.
Yet, the stroked shape and
blended palette structure
a syntax of blood, a semantics
of nerves inflaming lonely
twilit-snow, liminal moments
of memory with promises of
maize-tinted nourishment,
hope from the midnight sun.

 

Dead Sea Cave by Judith Appleton ©2014 Judith Appleton

Dead Sea Cave by Judith Appleton
©2014 Judith Appleton

A Philosophy of Stone

Aleph-tav—alpha-omega—as an inception
of mud swells along architectonic vaults
and girdles a basalt grotto-door that swivels
from a face adumbrated by place. Luster
and umbra texture worlds, lambent reality
perceived as words over matter. Perhaps
here we contrive Plato’s trace, a slight hint
of volcanic certainty steaming out of grasp.

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2 responses to “Two Ekphratic Poems

  1. Imagery and rhythm of Land of Ice especially striking. May be a new favorite.

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  2. John Thiel

    Glad to read the poems. ..there was something to think about in them.

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