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Ekphrasis 11: Ellsworth Kelly + James Gapinski

April 10, 2007 1 comment

This poem was inspired by Study for ‘Ormession’, paper collage, 1950
by Ellsworth Kelly

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Edge

On the edge I stand,
peering over.

The wet crags below flick sunlight back.
I remember how I slipped on some moss
as we made our way up the last hill,
so I step back from the edge.

The chasm cut beneath those rocks
seems so insignificant now.

You peer over as I move back.
To you it’s still significant. You shudder
and pull away. You want me to hold you;
you want comfort, but there is none to give.

by James Gapinski

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