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Ekphrastic Free Verse ~ Snow

Bernard Gieske, US Poet and Carol O'Malia, US Painter



Contemplation: a painting by Carol O’Malia, US


Ekphrastic Free Verse ~ Snow


snow is all
there is no listening
         to snow

     blank whiteness

how dumb
         the air
snow is all

     of soft feathers

in flight to earth
caught on the tongues
         of desire
    in our warm embrace

changes too easily
What appears to be
     is another reality

snow is all
an illusion of

I look into your eyes and
     what do I hear?
I listen to your voice and
     what do I see?

My senses appear
     to be eluding me

We see
     the falling snow
How can it fall
         so far
         a thunk or
         a plunk
a drop of rain
         in disguise
     the pitter patter
         of your shoes


Carol O’Malia was born in Boston and is a native New Englander. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She is an art instructor at Framingham State College. When not in her studio, she can often be found wandering in and around woods and lakes. Thus her creations of stunning “snowscapes”. Carol paints ordinary objects and scenes and succeeds in conveying a sense of inner quietness. At first you will see the stark beauty of her paintings and, while lingering, you will begin to drink from her well of emotions somewhere beneath the surface.

She is a versatile painter and has other works, including her "pillow" series and figurative paintings. The common theme in all her work is the attention paid to details of light and shadow. White is the most meaningful color for her. For more, go to:




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