#Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt #Poetry

A Sonnet has always scared me, I’ve never tried to write it. Then I came across ‘Blason.’ (Thanks to Colleen and her gang of poets in the blogosphere.)

A Blason is a genre of poetry committed to the praise or blame of something through the use of a series of images that support the theme. Blason can be applied to any verse form such as the Sonnet or Blank Verse.

I’ve tried to write a Blason, which was a three-dimensional challenge: as I had to keep in mind 10 syllables in each line, follow the theme and also write 14 lines.

© Willow Willers

Is it Love?

His love is like fire burning in hearth
His hands are nothing less than hot iron.
His arms clasp tight like a docile python
His  touch mesmerizes in an instant.
He stands tall, towering over my face
Looking as if he would devour my lips.
His smile is like satan’s putrid profile
Yet his love for me glows like fresh embers.
As I smolder in his gripping embrace
He speaks in syllables that exude lust.
The promises he makes sound ambrosial
His expectations higher than heavens
But I admire his celestial visage 
I know my allure for him sounds bizarre.
© Balroop Singh

Thank you Colleen, for the inspiration to respond to an image by writing syllabic poetry.

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54 thoughts on “#Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt #Poetry

  1. Wow, Balroop, that form sounds challenging and your undertaking multilayered. So many good lines in there for this unusual prompt. I loved the uncertainty as to whether he’s a devil or an angel. Wonderful passion.

    1. I am delighted that you appreciate the layers of this venture Diana. Passionate love is often a facade and wears off in a few days/months. Can such love be trusted? 😊 Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts Diana.

  2. Wow, this is very impressive, Balroop! First, I love the image and you have captured the state of passion so well. I had to look up the word ambrosial. I wondered if it had anything to do with the dessert of a similar name–ambrosia. And it kind of does (food of the gods), and delighting in the taste or smell… 🙂 I love looking up words so it’s a treat to find new ones in your poems.

    I’m very interested in this challenge! I may attempt it in my sketchbook using some of my own images. Thanks for inspiration xx

  3. Thank you Lisa. Yes, the image is so provocative that it gave an immediate kick to my muse! Some words are really poetic and I try to insert them to heighten the effect of my words. I am glad you like them. You must take this challenge and must share what you came up with. Happy writing!

  4. Beautifully written, Balroop. I never heard of Blason before and perhaps it would be fun to try it.
    Learnt how to write Sonnet as part of poetry studies. Finished a few and felt the pleasure after but found it difficult to get the feelings, word count and line count without losing what I wanted to say.

    Your poem just seems to flow out and that is how it should sound. I love your interpretation
    of the statue. First I thought they looked at each other with love and tenderness 😊.
    Maybe there is all. Great work, Balroop.


    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about writing syllabic poetry Miriam. I agree with you, feelings and emotions take a back seat when you have to count words, sometimes the thoughts change their direction and the results seem amazing. You have to keep taking the challenges to learn. 😊

    1. Thank you so much Colleen, yes, the little details helped me in creating this poem. There is passion in the bodies and it is an amazing piece of art!

  5. I’m in awe of anyone who can create poetry and you do it so beautifully, Balroop. I like the visceral sense of lust as a looming devil she can’t resist- nicely done.

  6. Wonderful poem Balroop…. You are braver than I in accepting the challenge to write a specific way….
    I am afraid I don’t know what my style of poetry is, except I write from the heart and try to end in a rhyme. lol
    Much love and enjoy your weekend to come ❤

    1. I too write wherever my heart takes but all credit goes to Colleen ‘s challenges that inspire me to try and learn syllabic poetry. I am glad I am pulling through. 😊 Thank you Sue for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. You are right Robbie, this form may be challenging but sure it gives a lot of space for expression. Thank you for coming over to read and share your thoughts.

  7. Beautiful, Balroop. You’ve added emotional depth to the statues, and as well, lingering questions. ❤️

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