This #TankaTuesday challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by works of art. Let’s start May off with an interesting painting.
Like Colleen I thought the woman in this painting was using a mobile phone but as the painting is from 1860 that is not possible …… or is it?
I enjoyed writing Tankas last week so I have used them again this week. I have thought what this painting says to me and also what I see. I have tried to hint at time travel without being too obvious whether or not I succeeded I am not sure.
The Expected One 1860 painting by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Museum: Bavarian State Painting Collections) wikidata.org
An enigma she Spinning time and space truly Huge changes to come Her beau waits sweet promises On his mind, to bind their lives.
Just watch where you tread Life can change in a moment Every second counts A few words can change the course Time and space irrelevant.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and
hopefully in to light ??
I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well.
I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
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40 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 318”
I love both takes Willow.
Thank you Sadje 💜💚
I love them, Willow. The second is my favorite, but they are both great!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Thank you Yvette it’s a lovely painting great fun to play with 💜
Beautiful, Sis 😊😊😊
Thank you 💜🌹
Both poems are lovely.
Have a wonderful break 💔💔💜💜
Thank you, Willow. A break is definitely in order – smile!
Then please enjoy 😄
If it’s time travel, but the time she reaches the bottom of the hill, she could be gone! I love all the possibilities. Very cool, Willow.
Thank you Colleen I just had to play the time traveling card well at least hint at it 💜
I still might write one along those lines too! 😍
Oh! Good I can’t wait 😀
Both wonderful creations Willow 🙌
Thank you 💜💜
Willow you made me imagine she’s holding a time travel device 🙂
Thank you, I am glad I got the message across. It’s a fascinating painting isn’t it. 💜
You’re welcome, and yes, it is.
Thank you again 😄
That second one could be time travel or even philosophy of life, sort of a seize the day theme! Nice!
Thank you I really enjoyed doing these 😊
It’s a fun painting to work with, too!
It’s really a unique painting 💜
Life changes in each second, time and space play a big role. Beautiful poem!
Thank you so much 💜💜
These are both so lovely and well-suited to the image 🙂
Thank you it’s an interesting painting
It is pretty!
I love it 💜😍
Very sweet. I think I prefer the second one. All it takes is a second!
Thank you, that’s life for you 💜
Willow ~ this whole poem is lovely, but that second line really sparks my imagination:
Thank you David I was hinting at time travel, I am glad you read the poem and enjoyed it 💜💜