Two by Two
When Noah brought into the ark
Animals of every kind, packed full
Leaving to the coming floods
The all-but-two, the majority cull.
Rising waters made the sheep
Look like fluffy clouds upon the sea;
Elephant trunks turned into snorkels
As fish explored new reefs of ivory.
And for a while the arrogant birds
Thought themselves above the tides
Until, one by one, their wings gave way,
Exhausted stars falling from the skies.
Still it rose and swelled until
The last giraffe became aware
Her neck was not quite long enough
To take another breath of air.
For today’s prompt, we’re going to write ekphrastic poetry–or poetry based off another piece of art. In the past, I’ve provided paintings, but today, I’m picking photographs (for something a little different). You may use one of the images below or choose your own
Or in this case, the photo above. Now I’ll admit, when I saw the *thumbnail* of the above, I thought it was a surreal picture of giraffe up to their necks in water. It wasn’t until I saw the large version that I realized they were clouds. Still, I liked the image it brought to mind, so I stuck with it. Eye of the beholder and all that. 🙂
Do check out some of the other pictures in the link above, they’re really quite pretty.