Welcome to a special ekphrastic challenge for May. Artworks from Mary Frances, James Knight and Sue Harpham will be the inspiration for writers, Alex Mazey, Ankh Spice, Samantha Terrell, Dai Fry, Carrie Ann Golden, sonja benskin mesher, Rich Follett, Don Beukes, Elizabeth Moura, Yvonne Marjot and myself. May 19th.

Day 19: Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge curated by Paul Brookes-Writer Photographer in collaboration with select artists and writers: My poems with Audio – ‘Meandering Metamorphosis’ and ‘Wilted Love’

The Wombwell Rainbow

19MF 19The last string

That little town where every kid
starts out with a festival of balloons

each step they’re followed by every colour
before they know the names of any of them

to grow up means to let go of strings
and one by one, they do

when did you realise your body
was a thin shape you were stuck inside

when did you let go of the knowing
that one day you’d be a dolphin

or a butterfly, for-certain-for-real
and your promising skin would stretch

so bright and right, to float you free
when did the second-to-last colour

become just a shadow on the sun
and did you wave it gone

like the proud new adults in that town
left holding just the one

=Ankh Spice


These peonies know
no social distancing.
They cling
petal to petal
in soft defiance,
tactile, lush. They
press closer,
sharing scent like

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