An Ekphrastic Poem:
by Roy Beckemeyer
THE ANGEL OF DEATH’S PENANCE
After Oleksa Novakivsky’s painting, “Angel of Death,” 1923
between icy wings, makes
of it his halo, sets his face
to shade, offers to his Creator
the body of yet another wingless,
mortal man, searches with averted
eyes a numinous end to the
endless path by which he will
one day part from this, his
own private Purgatory.
- Roy Beckemeyer
“Angel of Death,” 1923, an oil painting by Ukranian Artist Oleska Novakivsky, (1872-1935)
You see more in a painting than most people see in a lifetime. Your vocabulary is exciting. You’re an inspiration. If I can stay awake long enough, I’m going to start writing poetry again.
Thank you for you kind words, Diane. Looking forward to another Basement Bards session next week. See you then.