Prompt–Sunday, January 29

I went to the Toledo Museum of Art Friday. When I go to museums, I love taking a notebook and working on ekphrasis (art in response to art). I usually write poetry, but fiction is known to happen.

One of the paintings that caught my eye was “The Old Church in Delft with the Tomb of Admiral Tromp” by Hendrick van Vliet.

The poem I wrote played with the form of echoes. So imagine a large room or cavern. Pick lines to repeat and then play with the order. Read it out loud to get the effect.

My lines:

The dead man’s tomb
rests in silence
as children play
step step step into light
let light filter
as pictures hang
columns stay strong
dogs walk past

My poem:

the dead man’s tomb
the dead man’s tomb
rests in silence
rests in silence
as children play
the dead man’s tomb
the dead man’s tomb
step step step into light
rests in silence
as children play
the dead man’s tomb
columns stay strong
dogs walk past
as children play
rests in silence
the dead man’s tomb
as pictures hang
the dead man’s tomb
the dead man’s tomb
rests in silence
as children play
let light filter
the dead man’s tomb
step step step into light
as pictures hang
columns stay strong
dogs walk past
the dead man’s tomb
the dead man’s tomb
rests in silence
rests in silence
rests in silence

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