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This Ekphrastic Time

A Poem

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

Time to swallow
the defeats you put into words
the self that reads so much
into a minute on the couch
Unmade ornaments
the tattoos of failure
reaching its crescendo
slamming back down in the cascaded
nature of hair
Air soiled by hairspray
the insolvent emotion hardened
time for the ekphrastic distance
the portrayal
of a dead thing to help
the living divorce themselves from it



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J.D. Harms

J.D. Harms

Former hairstylist, perpetual philosophy student, swallowed by poetry, writing, ideas