What is parting
when neither wishes to leave?
Far from ignoring the distance
between us, we embrace a landscape
that becomes more barren
the greater that distance.
Once close, it seems we are meant to be
apart, even as we are together.
This poem was written as a response to an ekphrastic challenge at The Ekphrastic Review, but it didn’t make the cut. Even as I submitted it I knew it’s a poem that is still unfinished. Perhaps that’s a reflection of a scene that is, itself, unfinished. In the painting, “Figures in a Landscape,” by Bertram Brooker, I see the despair of having a need to part without the willingness to do so.
Responses to the challenge can be found here,
including two fine examples by Merril Smith and Kim Russel.
Image source: Art Canada Institute