The Rooster

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.

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Inspired by an untitled acrylic painting by Tina Niemi at Carthage College, Kenosha WI

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You are so bold, Mr. Rooster

To crow so early in the morn

Your colors– so confident

A psychedelic trip

Chicken with











Layered on canvas

I wonder, like the egg before the chick

Which came first

This lively image

Or another subtle forethought

Layers of acrylic paint


I can touch your flaming comb

Dreadlocks of flesh

I see though your eye that has much depth

Who are you?

Where have you been?

What will you become?

Is the Bokor chasing you?

Perhaps your destiny is more than soup

You scream and cross the road

To evade the ritual

Your fate.

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