Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ekphrasic Poetry - Girl with a Pearl Earring

A Girl with a Pearl Earring

Titles are always about a thing in a moment.
Like this one is about an earring on a girl
Whose head is tilted so that the space beneath

Her ear is in the penumbra of that moment.

In another moment, the sun’s angle,
Relative to the tall, narrow window, will shift
And flatter the elbow, or delicate curve
Of the derriere on its way to the knee.

She will have finished asking if you want tea,
Which is why her head turned toward you
(And us), for just that moment, and only
As a courtesy to the moment – and the light.

© 2014, Jeff Roberts

Digital Image by: Dorothee Golz (Vienna)