Selma and Colleen selected the painting for this week’s Ekphrastic#photoprompt. It’s a Degas and you can read more about it HERE.

Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the image. Think about metaphor and allegory. Just remember to check which form you’re using. Some of the Japanese forms frown upon the use of metaphors. This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing, inspired by visual art.

I chose to write an Abhanga. The Abhanga is written in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc. It is customary to title your poetry. It is not the ordinary Russian people’s fault that they are lied to by their government and media. This is what I have tried to express in my poem .

Our piece of Art is.

Title: Russian Dancers
Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date: 1899 via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/


Whirl and stamp, heel, toe high
Stamp those boots, drown out lies.
Hear truth before it dies
Don’t trust Putin.

Mother Russia blushes
Her Boots are made to stamp
Ukraine caught in her clamp
Don’t trust Putin.

Don’t listen to the news
Open your eyes, look
The man’s an evil crook
Don’t trust Putin.


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. indishe
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 13:51:13

    Truth so boldly summed up✊✊


  2. Ritu
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 13:58:56

    You hit the nail on the head, Sis 💜


  3. Dan Antion
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 15:59:17

    Well done. Clear message.


  4. SelmaMartin
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 00:28:37

    Don’t trust the evil despot. For proof, look at Aleppo. Don’t trust!
    Thanks for writing this. Lovely. xoxo


  5. yvettemcalleiro
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 09:05:55

    This is great, Willow! I like the rhythm of this form, and your message is perfect. 🙂


  6. KL Caley
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 14:45:42

    This is great, Willow. My heart goes out to everyone in Ukraine. So sad that one small, petty man can cause so much harm. KL ❤️


  7. D.L. Finn, Author
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 19:36:56

    Well said with wise advice!


  8. judeitakali
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 08:58:32

    Very poignant.


  9. memadtwo
    Mar 18, 2022 @ 12:49:09

    We know all over the world how easy it is for humans to be deceived–may we all learn to tell truth from lies. (K)


  10. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Mar 18, 2022 @ 14:28:54

    Willow, your poem sums up the evil despot perfectly. I love this Degas painting because it captures the spirit of the Slavic women. ❤


  11. ben Alexander
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 20:38:56

    This poem makes me want to say, “AMEN, WILLOW!”



  12. robertawrites235681907
    Mar 23, 2022 @ 11:56:44

    You certainly made your point with this poem, Willow 💕


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