Poetry in Motion

Photo by Glenn A. Buttkus

Like a ship’s maidenhead

reimagined

for a machine on wheels,

she is poised

for action,

knees bent like those

of a diver,

gracefully streamlined

in art nouveau design.

She is, seemingly,

a type of female Mercury,

a goddess of speed,

wings tilted upwards

as well as her chin,

holding forth a

wheel

as though the wind

will turn it.

Though frozen

and still

in sculpted metal,

she is full

of motion.

Β© Susan Joy Clark 2021

This poem was written for a dVerse Poetics challenge, where we were challenged to choose one of 12 minimalistic photos by Glenn A. Buttkus for poetic inspiration. Glenn is a poet who contributes to dVerse challenge and also has a site for his minimalistic photography.

31 thoughts on “Poetry in Motion

  1. Such lovely, lovely descriptions “a goddess of speed, wings tilted upwards as well as her chin, holding forth a wheel,”.. I love the passion which you have infused in this poem. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt πŸ’πŸ’

  2. A lovely description Susan! I love:

    ‘She is, seemingly,

    a type of female Mercury,

    a goddess of speed,’

    You got that just right!

  3. Something about the description being uncertainty versus this is what it is appealed to me. It’s uncommon for the poets narrative voice to be descriptive in a questioning way (I think this is what this is).

    1. I guess you mean my use of “seemingly.” I’m glad it had an appealing effect for you. πŸ™‚ I don’t think there really is a female parallel to Mercury in ancient mythology, but it does seem the designer was probably inspired by that idea. She is kind of in her own unique category but very attractive and interesting in any case. Thanks T.J.

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