twirling in freedom
sick child dances in heaven
parents weep at grave
Right now I’m reading George Saunders’ 2017 novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” which revolves around Abraham’s son, Willie’s, death as a child and how Willie finds himself in a purgatory-type place called Bardo. Seeing this image immediately made me think of Willie Lincoln.
top image: “Child Dancing With Chrysanthemum Branch” by Katsukawa Shunshō
Merril is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics. Merril says:
So easy-peasy prompt: choose one of the paintings below and write a poem in any style or form. You can describe what you think is happening, or you can write about a feeling it evokes.