Jude, from Tales Told Different, picked an excellent photo for us this week for our #PhotoPrompt challenge. The haunting image of the young girl gazing wistfully into the distance holds many poetic possibilities.
Willow Willers had a great take with her poem HERE. Kim Blades saw something different in her poem HERE. Meanwhile, the IndieShe unleashed her inner poet HERE. In case you missed it… I went where most of you were afraid to venture with my poem HERE.
There was so much great poetry! It really was tough choosing this week. But Vashti Q. Vega, and her Etheree poem, The Good Witch, resonated with me because of her creativity and how she blended fantasy and reality to give this photo a different meaning.
I liked that Vashti portrayed the witch as a healer, instead of the normal wicked-witch trope. Those kinds of details are often unexpected and give the reader a glimpse into another dimension of the poem’s meaning. In addition, who thought this photo would connect to real life in the guise of a plague? Brilliant!
The Etheree is one of the most fluid syllabic forms, only adhering to a subject and a syllable count of:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. They are free flowing and story-like in appearance.
Congratulations, Vashti Q. Vega, it’s your turn to pick the photo for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at email@example.com before next month’s challenge.
THE GOOD WITCH
Once upon a time they used to burn us
Because in our gaze there is a snare
And we dance beneath the glitter
of a starry night, singing
We float with subtle grace
over Mother Earth
in the air
©2020 Vashti Q. Vega
See you tomorrow for the new challenge!