Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

poem of the week: Ekphrastic Poem
February 21, 2013, 11:15 am
Filed under: DC life, media

i recently learned a new term for some that i have often done, ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrasis: writing that comments upon another art form, for instance a poem about a photograph or a novel about a film.

as a poet i freely take inspiration from all sorts of places. on saturday i went to the portrait gallery here in DC and used one of the signature images in an exhibit called “drawing on the edge” to set my pen in motion…
merwin (merf) shaw by mary borgman
here is my muse created by mary borgman and here is my response…

© 2013 by margaux delotte-bennett

boychild leans
boychild sways
boychild struggles most days
to grow into a manchild
worthy to one day
just be a man
boychild must crawl before he can stand

sometimes boychild gets chopped in the hand
as he reaches for what he’s due
sometimes boychild is too focused
on clothes and shoes
sometimes boychild makes it on the news
barely surviving his teens
boychild’s mama yells
his papa screams
boychild’s life is sometimes coming apart
at the seams

but boychild leans and
boychild sways
boychild made it to today
he sees you seeing him
he hears you pray
from a crawl to a stand he will make it someday
from a child born a boy
to a man who knows his way


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