How To Paint Potential Flight
Scribble with your pencil, let your pink paint run.
Ponder the perfect butterfly with its delicate dark outline
which will separate it, clarify it, let it be large.
Larger than the pair of warblers.
Larger than any city
to which a plane might fly.
Scatter your alphabet on your edges,
a single row, a double row, a triplet,
and make a pink promise with a few words.
Place your large number, the perfect 10,
toward the lower right of the work.
It weights the whole.
Now decide. Where will you fly? And how?
As what creature? With what mind?
Do not erase the scribbles, they are cryptic hieroglyphs.
This poem was written in response to the surprise ekphrastic poetry challenge on birds.
Shirley Glubka is a retired psychotherapist, the author of three poetry collections, a mixed genre collection, and two novels. The Bright Logic of Wilma Schuh (novel, Blade of Grass Press, 2017) is her latest. Shirley lives in Prospect, Maine with her spouse, Virginia Holmes. Website: http://shirleyglubka.weebly.com/ Online poetry at The Ekphrastic Review here and at 2River View here and at The Ghazal Page here and here.
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