Searching — an Ekphrastic Poem with the Poetry Princesses [Poetry Friday]

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This month, we returned to ekphrastic poems, and Tanita chose our image. I filtered it, but you can see the original here.  I was looking at it on my phone, and I couldn’t see what was inside that blue round thing. It just looked like a gaping hole, and the colors made it look like a globe. It was almost like this girl was trying to dive inside the earth.

Then, when I filtered it, the telephone (I think?) inside it was more noticeable. I loved the idea of this little girl stretching up, reaching into the world of technology, hoping to reach a real person. So that’s what I went with. The info provided by the photographer is in another language, and I didn’t read it or translate it, so I just wrote strictly based on how the image itself hit me.

Searching - Ekphrastic Poem - Poetry Princesses

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10 Responses

  1. The “church of numbers”!!! Y’know what I love about this? We talk so often now about the damages wrought by technology but this poem acknowledges that it can also be a way to connect, to reach one another.…

  2. Oh, the church of numbers has its own holiness — what a wonderful turn of phrase, all that encoded and real numbering — the realness of punching a number and having the line connect. Such a tangible thing, whilst reaching for the intangible… this is just lovely.

  3. I love this celebration of connection. I remember as a child how exciting it was to talk to my grandmother on the telephone — she lived on the other side of the world, but thanks to the telephone I could tell her all about my science fair project as if she lived next door. 🙂

  4. I like “Perched on a whirl of earth.” Makes me think of how we are all perched on our own places on this twirling planet.

  5. All of your “ER” sounds remind me of the sound of the rotary phones I grew up with. Tricia hears the sound as ch-ch-ch-ch, but our phone was more or an er-er-er-er. (Technical question, is what you did consonance or assonance?)

    1. Yes on the rotary phones! That wasn’t intentional, but now that you point it out…I would classify the /er/ sounds as consonance. I think assonance is JUST the vowel sound being repeated, but if the sound unit includes any consonant, like the /r/ here, then it’s consonance:>) I’ve been out of the country–hope your mom is doing ok!

  6. Wow. I’ve only looked at one other take on this photo, but wow–how different! Love how the filter changed it, how your yellow globe works. AND–it’s almost like you listed in on the conversation this week in 2nd grade about “social media”–we were reviewing the meaning of “social studies.” Together we decided it’s any technology, down to a simple old-fashioned letter, that connects two people with a message. Another person perched…

  7. Amazing how once you filtered the photo you could see the telephone. What can I say, “…church of numbers” such a perfect connection to how we worship our devices. I remember my rotary phone and the sluggish return of each number dialed. There is a clip in the movie Aliens in the Attic that capture modern day kids reaction to the rotary phone…it’s priceless, you can hear the sound perfectly.

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