Sunset in Zanzibar

I recently participated in Vision to Voice 2013, an event orchestrated by the South Delta Artist’s Guild and the students of South Delta Secondary School. They asked the members of the Delta Arts Youth Council (of which I’m still a member) to do some writing for them; each student is given a painting done by either another student or a member of the Guild, and is asked to write prose or poetry about the piece. I wrote a (last-minute) poem about Janice Jone’s acrylic pallete knife painting Sunset in Zanzibar, a gorgeous piece.

Her mast stands stark against the sky,
Brilliant with dying light.
Canvas wings now folded,
Loosely hanging in the soft glow,
Mirrored in the soft drape of a woman’s shift.

She stands tall, her back to the mast
Molten sunset lighting her eyes afire.
Moulded copper across ebony cheekbones.
A chance taken, the sigh of freedom
Echoed in the creaking hull;

The surf yields an easy cadence,
A hushed refrain against the coming darkness.

Unexpectedly, this piece won an Award of Excellence in Poetry from the Guild, one of four given for poetry. Thank you to Janice and her inspiring painting, and for the Vision to Voice collective for organizing such a wonderful event. As soon as I know where to buy a copy of the published compilation of all the paintings and corresponding pieces of writing, I’ll put it up here.


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