Dark Orchid – April Ekphrastic Challenge

Fool’s Lune – Kerfe Roig

As a child she wandered the wilderness
Finding no gentleness
Only sticks of insult and stones of abuse
An unwilling jester without any use

Her heart grew cold and petrified
Her cheeks ashen by all the tears she cried
Her eyes saw no love or wonder
Her soul torn asunder

She thought herself an utter fool
So strange others found leave to be cruel
She thought she was born all wrong
Destined to never belong

Then one day she helped an old crone
Who seemed to know her, head to feet and skin to bone
– Girl you need to find your lune
Need to listen to your soul-hearts tune

From that day her life took a turn
In the coven she was never spurned
They taught her all they knew
Until she free and fearless grew

They showed her what it meant to be loved and cherished
They cared for her until she flourished
They knew how to heal the wounds abuse inflicts
Until she rose from the hell fire like a newborn Phoenix

She who had know ostracization firsthand
Became abandoned and abused souls firebrand
When the coven saw how she shielded and healed the wounded
The witches named her Dark Orchid

©RedCat

Photo by Rita Ox on Unsplash

Written for April Ekphrastic Challenge hosted by Paul at The Wombwell Rainbow, which of course coincides with GloPoWriMo 2021.

Inspired by the artwork by Kerfe Roig with three words from the Skyloverswordlist. My three chosen words are, Dark Orchid, Wilderness and Wonder.

To see all art and read all poems for today click here.

To read more ekphrastic poems by me click here.

Also shared to open link night at dVerse.


Kerfe Roig

A resident of New York City, Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new.  Her poetry and art have been featured online by Right Hand PointingSilver Birch PressYellow Chair ReviewThe song is…Pure HaikuVisual VerseThe Light EkphrasticScribe BaseThe Zen Space, and The Wild Word, and published in Ella@100Incandescent MindPea River JournalFiction International: Fool, Noctua Review, The Raw Art Review, and several Nature Inspired anthologies. Follow her explorations on her blogs, https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/  (which she does with her friend Nina), and https://kblog.blog/, and see more of her work on her website http://kerferoig.com/

April Ekphrastic Challenge – GloPoWriMo 2021

14 thoughts on “Dark Orchid – April Ekphrastic Challenge

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  1. I especially love the glimpse of undeniable strength in; “Until she rose from the hell fire like a newborn Phoenix.” Beautiful, beautiful writing 💝💝

  2. From that day her life took a turn
    In the coven she was never spurned
    They taught her all they knew
    Until she free and fearless grew

    Helene, I love this happy turn! And I love the whole poem!

    <3
    David

  3. “She who had know ostracization firsthand
    Became abandoned and abused souls firebrand”

    I enjoyed this fantasy tale of finding one’s true self, true beauty forged in fire and especially paying it forward. Some have their patron saints, but I love the idea of a patron witch.!

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