dVerse — Poetics — Ekphrastic senryu


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

senryu form

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.

40 Comments Add yours

  1. rothpoetry says:

    An excellent take on the poem! I love how that inspired your choice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight. It’s a compelling read!

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  2. kaykuala says:

    Wonderful senryu form Lisa! Short and sweet!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Hank. I had to refresh myself on the rules of senryu and when I read there has to be some irony in it, the direction was clear.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Great take Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. We grieve at the passing of loved ones but they go on to a whole new life, with no more pain or sickness.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Absolutely right. They are the free ones now.

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  4. This is so bitter sweet. The release of death for the child, and the mourning of the heartbroken parents. Great job, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Tanmay.

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  5. kim881 says:

    I’m so glad you chose this image, Lisa – I thought it was going to be left behind – and that you condensed it together with the novel into a poignant haiku.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Kim.

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      1. kim881 says:

        You’re welcome!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The only way to cope with the death of a child must be to believe they’re happier in death. Yes, poignant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Jane.

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  7. Above comment is from Jane (not Anonymous)

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  8. merrildsmith says:

    I read the novel several years ago, and I still think about it, so I understand how it influenced you.
    Such a poignant poem–so much summarized in a few words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Merril!

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa!

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  9. I… just – wow…

    ~David

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  10. Rob Kistner says:

    Almost went with this beautiful image Lisa. You brought a powerful sadness with your haiku,, as a wonderful contrast to the joy on the child’s face. Excellent my friend.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, thank you very much.

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  11. poetisatinta says:

    Hi Lisa I picked this one too – but came up with a different theme – beautifully done ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, AJ! Am behind on my reading but will definitely check out what you wrote soon.

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  12. memadtwo says:

    All a matter of perspective. This painting contains both joy and sorrow. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very true, Kerfe. That book is worth a read if you haven’t already read it.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I’m sure it is–I’ve read Saunders, but not that one. I’m starting to read a bit more, but I’ve still got probably hundreds of books in my apartment I haven’t yet read…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Glad to hear you’ve read his work. He’s new to me. Saw him on Colbert as a guest and his world view made me want to read some of his work. I hear you on the books! They’ve become an irritation the way they are lying about. Instead of the sensible thing, doing another cull (the last one was when I moved here from my old house in 2011) I bought a big bookcase 🙂 It’s still in the box, but…

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          1. memadtwo says:

            That made me smile. I seem to bring in as much as I take out…

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            1. msjadeli says:

              They know where they want to be ❤

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  13. You picked the perfect form to tell a life’s story, Li. Very poignant. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you ❤

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      1. You are welcome. ❤️

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  14. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Love that image… i caught myself just staring at it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is a beauty.

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