#Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge

Today’s challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry,  inspired by visual art or photographs. Reena provided a piece of her artwork for this month’s challenge. Thanks to Colleen for the inspiration to write syllabic poetry.

I chose a new form: Octelle and have tried to write two poems. It was challenging as I had to keep in mind the rhyming scheme, while writing a syllabic form.

The Octelle is a poem consisting of eight lines, using personification and symbolism in a telling manner. The syllable count structure for this verse is 8/8/7/7/7/7/8/8, and the rhyme scheme is aa/bb/cc/aa.) The first two lines and the last two lines are identical (refrain).

Aesthetic Coup

echoes of green, crimson and blue
pull me into aesthetic coup
of colors that define life
vague reflections croon with fife
yearn for elusive tunes
trapped in the maze of half moons
echoes of green, crimson and blue
pull me into aesthetic coup



aching desires rest in designs
every single moment she whines
clipped wings are invisible
dried blood is divisible
you put it in cubbyholes
to sell the sagacious souls
aching desires rest in designs
every single moment she whines

© Balroop Singh

Thank you.

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46 thoughts on “#Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge

    1. Thank you Diana, I am glad you consider me brave, I‘be always shied away from writing within the rules but am surprised at my efforts to create syllable forms. 😊

  1. Balroop, your second poem resonates with me so much. I love this: “Trapped in the maze of half moons…” it speaks of the sometimes repetition in life. Well done, my friend. The rules give us structure and a framework to blossom creatively. Look at all this syllabic poetry you’ve embrace. You’re impressive! 💜

    1. Thank you so much Colleen. I’ve tried to use a lot of images to speak about life and people. I am delighted that you picked up the most relevant one. All credit goes to you dear friend. I always look forward to Ekphrastic challenge as pictures really speak to me.😊 🤗

  2. Oh my. How absolutely lovely. I’ve worked with that form only once and liked it. Your examples are great models to ‘try’ to imitate. You do this so well. And I’m the lucky one for reading. Thanks dearly.

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