Left Behind ~ ekphrastic poem


Left Behind

The water nearly still
except for the wave
of a koi’s tail, I realize
it’s not my face reflected
on the surface, but your own
nearly obscured as it lies below,
your hair undulating as the koi
weaves its way through
before drifting away,
strength and perseverance
leaving you behind and me
to wonder why you didn’t follow,
as I wake.


This is my response to Poets, Start Your Engines, the opening day prompt for National/Global Poetry Writing Month at napowrimo.net. The prompt is to write a poem based one of the book covers illustrated at Public Domain Review’s article on “The Art of Book Covers.” The book cover here is … Charles Kingsley. The Water Babies. London: Macmillan and Co., 1886.


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