#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 274, 5/17/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt.


This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo for this month’s challenge.

I took a long look at the photo and eventually a theme offered itself to me. What we see through the eye or the lens we also can see through the soul.

I wrote a Nonet, that can be read from top to bottom and bottom to top, hopefully meaning the same and making sense. I have also written the poem both ways so you can judge for yourselves. The punctuation in each version is different but the words and meaning are the same. So a mirror Nonet.

The lens of the soul

© David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish

Through the lens of the omnipotent
To soar high beyond the body.
To attain the higher plain
Past the confines of life.
Further than the eye,
The horizon
Life beyond


Life beyond
The horizon
Further than the eye
Past the confines of life.
To attain the higher plain
To soar high beyond the body
Through the lens of the omnipotent.


This is part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka.

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stine Writing and Miniatures
    May 17, 2022 @ 12:23:33

    That is great!


  2. TheHiddenEdge
    May 17, 2022 @ 12:23:33

    So clever, Willow. I love the theme.


  3. Stine Writing and Miniatures
    May 17, 2022 @ 12:38:21


  4. Lauren
    May 17, 2022 @ 12:53:39

    Willow, you did a great job on this poem. Out of my league to even try.


  5. yvettemcalleiro
    May 17, 2022 @ 13:30:17

    Very cool, Willow! 🙂


  6. Dan Antion
    May 17, 2022 @ 13:40:01

    That’s pretty cool. Very well done!


  7. Annette Rochelle Aben
    May 17, 2022 @ 14:25:35

    Take a bow!


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  9. Ritu
    May 17, 2022 @ 14:50:26

    Love this, Sis! 💛


  10. robertawrites235681907
    May 17, 2022 @ 16:30:04

    This is fabulous, Willow.


  11. indishe
    May 17, 2022 @ 16:37:43

    This is awesome!
    How the words flow to convey the truth of life!
    And you turn upside down yet the truth prevails


  12. Gwen M. Plano
    May 17, 2022 @ 18:00:08

    Beautiful, Willow. I love the mirror response. 💗


  13. Mother Wintermoon
    May 17, 2022 @ 19:31:22

    Fabulous!! I too love the mirrored response. Very creative. ❤️🙏🏼❤️


  14. Tzvi Fievel
    May 17, 2022 @ 23:59:04

    “To attain the higher plain.”


  15. Marsha
    May 18, 2022 @ 02:20:19

    I love it and I think I like ti best bottom to top, though both are wonderful. You captured the essence of the photo. 🙂


  16. Dale
    May 18, 2022 @ 10:21:28

    I love this, Willow. So different when read in opposing order!


  17. harmonykentonline
    May 18, 2022 @ 11:02:04

    Fantastic, Willow. I love the mirror! Incredibly well done 💕🙂


  18. memadtwo
    May 19, 2022 @ 10:01:28

    This works so well with the photo Willow. We reflect on life and it reflects back. (K)


  19. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    May 19, 2022 @ 16:37:32

    Willow, this is stunning! I love when nonet poetry is written in this fashion. You really captured the magic behind the lens. ❤


  20. ben Alexander
    May 23, 2022 @ 07:16:35

    Wow, Willow! You’ve outdone yourself! This is simply amazing and beautifully done!


  21. talkswithngugi
    May 23, 2022 @ 08:42:53

    Very nice


  22. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    May 23, 2022 @ 09:52:56

    Wonderful take on the photo Willow and love that reverse form…♥


  23. RuthScribbles
    May 23, 2022 @ 11:17:26

    Absolutely wonderful!!


  24. Jules
    May 23, 2022 @ 21:16:00

    Dear Willow –
    If it is true that all humans were made in the image of something Greater – then we all have the opportunity to be omnipotent in our choices for the good of all. 💕


  25. D. Wallace Peach
    May 25, 2022 @ 18:54:25

    That was stunning, Willow. Beautiful and so heartfelt.


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