Ekphrastic Poem: I See the Glass

An ekphrastic poem, “I See the Glass.”

Look deep into the glass window, on the other side is a story. In this digital art piece, I wanted to show layers, layers of a face, of pain, bitterness, homelessness, of somebody. Hope you enjoy the story behind the piece of art.

I See Glass

Ekphrastic Poem: I See the Glass

Streets have mirrors.
I see the glass.
Long-lashes stare from windows.
Pupils are cold.
She lives hard like pavement.
A conduit, of bitterness and cracks.
A grocery cart compacted—pieces of chapters.

McDonald’s was two blocks down,
I drove the drive-threw,
Twenty dollars bought a piping feast,
I went back.
She still possessed space.
An open parking stall found me.
Quickly, I hopped out.

Cautiously I approached.
Coal eyes stared and blurted: “What you want?”
A peace-offering and a twenty dollar bill.
Grabbing tines swooped, tearing open the
brown “M” bag, she tore at the paper of the offering.
Gobbling hamburger, and tears streaming.

And muttered with a voice stuffed
with food and appreciation; “Thank you!”

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|I See the Glass|
An urban ekphrastic poem

What is Ekphrastic Poem?

Poets.org expresses it like this: Ekphrastic poems are now understood to focus only on works of art—usually paintings, photographs, or statues. And new ekphrastic poems have generally shrugged off antiquity’s obsession with an elaborate description, and instead have tried to interpret, inhabit, confront, and speak to their subjects.


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22 thoughts on “Ekphrastic Poem: I See the Glass

  1. Very descriptive and such a moving poem. The art piece really captured every emotion and every line you pour into your work is magnificently brilliant.

    P.S Thank you for reading my last 2 poems. I hope you didn’t get weirded out by the way I express myself. My poems are very weird and have that unconventional experimentation to them.

    Any way, just wanted to share my thoughts about your work and I’m currently following your page. Hope you get to follow mine and hope you stop by later on my blog and let me know your thoughts on the comments. Hope to learn a lot from you. 🙂

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  2. Them I said they still herd

    Wrong by epic proportions

    Willing will breaks dust

    Flip upright smile , you

    A wolf , I keep watch

    Open ear vacant heart

    All in a poet intended finishing

    Right on getgo

    Dawn of sunshine from

    Mighty multiple

    Mist amaze long

    Power walking count off

    Poetry Wolf

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