Saturday, August 03, 2019

Poetry Sisters At It Again with Ekphrastic Poems

This month the challenge was to write to one of three photos Sara shared with us. Here's the photo I chose and a few of the poems I scratched out.

Street Art, along the waterfront, Tel-Aviv
Photo by Sara Lewis Holmes

13 Ways of Learning This Landscape

open your heart
open your mind

rely on all your senses
what do you see?
what do you hear?
what do you smell?

start with the sky
the blue
the white
the spaces in-between

notice the dark
the light
the rising
the setting
the moon and the sun

lower your eyes
to the horizon
where lines blur

see what rises
out of the landscape
tall and imposing

admire flora
and fauna
earth and water

take your shoes off
sink your feet in the sand
dip your toes in the water

shift your view
to what man has made
take it in from
every angle

find structures of
concrete and metal
barbed wire

look for color
for movement
for light

find it not among
the buildings
but on their sides

birds take wing
street art bringing
hope to life

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2019. All rights reserved.

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected by Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. This went an unexpected direction. We began in concrete, and saw deeper into the things behind the imagery. I especially appreciate the invitation to take off my shoes and step into the art.

    1. I wrote a couple of haiku and they were terrible. I wrote to all of the images at one point or another, but nothing felt right. The bird reminded me of Wallace Stevens, so I just went from there. This doesn't feel right either, but I just couldn't settle into something. Does that make sense?

  2. I love your 13 Ways. #8 and #13 especially connected for me:>) I'm so glad you stuck with it and chimed in!

  3. A poem about seeing and responding and how art inspires more art! These are 13 excellent ways to look at the world, indeed.