Ekphrastic Poetry

“When we get more houses than we can live in, more cars than we can ride in, more food than we can eat ourselves, the only way of getting richer is by cutting off those who don’t have enough.” – Nelson Algren


From the Ekphrastic Poetry reading at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center on March 5, 2017. Autumn II is my reaction to the painting below, those tall, sturdy women with a Philly spin.


Autumn II

I call the tall redhead Ruby

her twin sisters are copper and auburn

the cousins mostly blonde and brunette,

they’re lean and slender with diverse skin

which doesn’t matter the way they band

together in the fiercest storms,

take a winter squall for example,

when the thermometer drops below zero and

wind plasters two inches of ice to their bodies,

these sturdy women shun the most frightening gusts

and sway like the Evangelical choir on Lehigh Avenue

where Dick Allen lifted one over the grandstand

planting disciples onto the field like saplings in spring.


           jim brennan


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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