A leader speaks as if the soul
to hearts that fear would else cajole
into retreat that has no end
and leaves no sovereign fence to mend
where tyranny has overrun
the liberty that once undone
will hence forever be repressed
where land long owned is dispossessed
and broken will becomes despair
that faith no longer seems to bear
so haunted by the echoes heard
of despots to whom they've deferred
and those who stayed the course and fell...
...for those who stopped to rest in Hell.
This poem is from Thinking Inside the Box: the Undrawn Art of Poet's Heart, a collaboration between Portly and Lorette, featuring more than 100 sonnets inspired by the collage art of Lorette C. Luzajic. Click here to get a full colour paperback or hardcover on Amazon, or use the button below to get a digital copy. Your purchase supports this journal, thank you. If you would like a free digital copy instead, send a request to theekphrasticreview @ gmail. com and we will send you a complimentary copy. Our desire is that anyone interested in this collection will be able to read it.
Portly Bard: Old man.
Prefers to craft with sole intent
of verse becoming complement...
...and by such homage being lent...
ideally also compliment.
Thinking Inside the Box- the Undrawn Art of Poet's Heart
Thinking Inside the Box- the Undrawn Art of Poet's Heart is a collaboration of words by Portly Bard inspired by the 12x12" signature square artworks of Lorette C. Luzajic. It is a full colour file featuring the art, the poetry, as well as a dialogue between Portly Bard and Lorette on ekphrasis, writing, and looking at art.
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