Three Years And Counting

This blog turns three today. Makes me wonder about the journey. Makes me wonder what lies ahead. Makes me wonder how many more poems are waiting.

Am sharing this poem that was published  recently in the Mystic Blue Review. I had responded to an ekphrastic poetry challenge based on the painting titled “Scream” by Edvard Munch. Many thanks to Alexa Findlay for choosing to publish my submission in the second issue of their magazine. (Page 74)

IT WAS THE SMELL
After The Scream by Edvard Munch

Maybe it was the sound of snapping bones that woke
me up inside my pyre, the orange-yellow of the sandal

inferno reminding me of the taste of soft skin and heated
lips, that evening when the setting sky filled every falling

drop and we climbed up rainbows, until you fell, until
you slid into the searing swirl of ink, floating away like

an unspoken word that choked my throat, how did we let
those bridges burn, how did the past become this funeral

bier? It is the smell, though, that gags my throat, the stench
of a life gone bad, the whiff of darkness yet to come, of ashes

that will befoul a reluctant river, why does no one complain
about the smell, why do you drift away holding your nose,

who, just who is screaming here love, look at me, look at the
way the hellish sun keeps on sinking as if it cannot hear.

I also found I’d written micropoetry based on the same piece of art in March 2015.

43 thoughts on “Three Years And Counting

  1. I know the painting (and the history of the painter), well – and you have written to it, brilliantly. Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary. And your record of publication is looking, truly awesome. Wonderful!

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  2. Wow, wow, wow! This is just an amazing poem….it evoked such strong emotions….I could feel them burning red hot inside and yes that foul smell…

    ‘It is the smell, though, that gags my throat, the stench
    of a life gone bad, the whiff of darkness yet to come’

    Deep, emotive lines like this that had me reading it over and over!

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  3. Your poem expresses the tortuous pain of that Munch painting very well! Congrats on your three-year blogoversary. It seems like only yesterday….smiles!

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  4. “the stench of a life gone bad”

    A powerful image, although sad as well. There are too many of those live around, I’m afraid. Too much stench.

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  5. Congratulations on year three! Oh, many more poems are waiting, kiddo. I have been blogging since 2010 and have written more in these years than my whole life before. Your poem, as always, is amazing.

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  6. Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary and the publication of this outstanding poem. I’ve tried a couple of times to use this poem as a prompt and got nowhere. Really a perfect interpretation, Rajani!

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    1. Thanks so much. It has been an interesting three years! And those three years of writing, learning and interacting with so many wonderful poets..has led to that poem, I think!.

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