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Ekphrastic Free Verse


Bernard Gieske,us



Harlequin's Carnival


romping in the playground
of Joan Miro
kaleidoscopic carnival
of globes and orbs
eyes shout open "0 0"
engaging the spectacle

the world in a room
circles of illusion
day-night allusions
watch the comets zoom

symbols and gymbols
what can they mean
dots and eyes of two
I don’t have a clue

many global varieties
creatures of some other kind
whose DNA was confused
engineered simply to amuse

fiery spiders, squiggly wigglies
swirling around, no limits bound
oceans of motions
intersecting sans confusion

why do we have two
eyes, arms, ears and knees
when one suffices
on jiggling, searching devices

immersed in this liquid poem
the musician and his banjo
explore the higher realms
beyond this harlequin’s carnival

Painting by Joan Miro

Joan Miro (1893-1983) was a famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist born in Barcelona. He painted Harlequin's Carnival during a period in which he developed a lyrical abstraction based on graphic signs, both disturbing at times and sometimes joyful, which expressed the impulses of his memory and subconscious.




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