Written for Rattle‘s September 2017 Ekphrastic Challenge.
Art can be viewed here: https://i2.wp.com/www.rattle.com/ekphrasis/EC17Sep.jpg?ssl=1
slowly climbing these few steps at the end of each day
takes all the energy that remains
between the seats
14A is her favorite
not too close to front or rear – hidden, like life
today was like every other – push the cart – gather the riches – lean, heavily, as the feet begin to drag a bit – street by street – door by door – ignore the insults – avoid eye contact – keep walking
when I was young, like Lana’s song, the stares came for different reasons – I soaked them in like epsom salts, easing the aches no one could see – I smiled like a model, thin and beautiful, worthy of everything – everywhere to go, everyone to see, everything to do, all I could be – then there was life.
nothing remains beyond
neither time, nor place
it’s time to embark – find another place, another life
her few possessions gathered
behind her leaving only an eponymous tag.