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cryptic ekphrastic triptych

Standing in the Shadows, by Rick Mobbs

(body – the left panel)
strength builds into light,
body poised for motion, flight –
shadows are silent

Portrait of Nanda, by Rick Mobbs

(mind – the right panel)
shadows are silent
but the heavy evening room
is full of voices

fibonacci, by Rick Mobbs

(one – the center panel)
writer, reader.
candle and flame,
we each create the other
and in turn are re-created in endless spiral.

What’s ekphrasis? What’s a triptych? What’s a fibonacci poem? (Note that my fibonacci poem counts by words, not syllables. Nobody’s perfect :-)

I linked this poem to the readwritepoem blog, where there is a weekly poetry “prompt” inviting people to submit poems on a new theme each week. This week’s theme was to write an ekphrastic poem inspired by these three paintings created by artist Rick Mobbs. (You can read other poets’ submissions on the theme at the blog too. You can see more paintings and learn about Rick on his own blog.)

  1. July 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    “The heavy evening room is full of voices” You’ve made me see this painting in yet another new way. Enjoyed all of these very much.

  2. July 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Yeah, I like ’em and your irreverant take on the fibonacci sequence – cool bananas!

  3. July 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Until you offered up your work I am willing to bet no one had an inkling of what a fib or fibonacci meant. Your three panels are well done, I thoroughly enjoyed your craft.

  4. July 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    very cool–i enjoyed this take on the prompt and seeing the paintings come together through your poetry

  5. July 22, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Yes. I love the connection you have made between the three images. Holding them up in front of the viewer, placing the viewer inside the images, and the images inside the reader.

  6. July 22, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Aha… someone else who was inspired to write a fibonacci by this amazing picture. Works well as a triptych! Mine’s here

  7. July 22, 2008 at 11:23 am

    The first haiku is just great. It captures the mood of the painting very well. I like the way you grouped the three pieces together.

  8. July 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Great linking of the spare poems. Each felt right. And it’s wonderful to read your work via readwritepoem!

  9. July 23, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I love how you linked the paintings. After you say it, I see it so clearly. Wonderful!

  10. jorc709
    July 23, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Donald said, “Until you offered up your work I am willing to bet no one had an inkling of what a fib or fibonacci meant.”

    I certianly did not, but having been inspired by your beautiful work, i made an attempt.

    What do you think?

    empty garden

  11. throwshiswords
    July 23, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Thank you everyone, for all your supportive comments :-)

    jorc, i love your “firefiles” fib poem, you’ve really captured the childish delight (at whatever age) they inspire. i encourage everyone who gets this far in the comments to follow jorc’s link to the poem

    — throwshiswords

  1. August 6, 2008 at 7:07 am

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