Statue in a Summer Garden

I was recently challenged to write a poem containing both anaphoric and ekphrastic elements. Am posting the draft here for dVerse prompt today as it does contain references to summer!  Hoping it kind of fits the dVerse prompt!

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A Griffin out of legend

A Griffin stands benign in his
shaded patch of summer garden.
Why so benign?
Why the knowing smile?
Why not fiercely guarding treasure,
precious possessions,
as the Griffins of legend?
Here you are but a gentle creature
at odds with your heritage.
Your body not entirely the body of a lion
King of beasts,
Your head and wings not those of a fierce eagle,
King of birds.
Instead, you are your own legend,
not the aggressive treasure guardian
not the protector of possessions,
drawn only to your own corner,
drawn to the peace and comfort
of this shady territory.

12 comments

  1. I love that he is his own unique legend and, that he has his own place in peace and comfort 🙂 Really enjoyed this.

  2. hedgewitch

    The repeating elements here underline the identity you’re trying to convey of the subject and I think you satisfy both conditions of your exercise really well. That is a particularly benign griffin, and he has a sense of being very content with his job.

  3. I read this as a sort of metaphor for our own lives. We are each just who we are…away with the stereotypes.

  4. pretty cool capture of that griffin…a noble creature…just look at his eyes….def the repetition really wrks in this as well….ha i like victorias take as well…

  5. you know..he looks peaceful..but there’s something in his eyes.. ha..just see that bri wrote this above as well.. was kinda the first thing that jumped at me..so much in the eyes of even a stone creature…well captured

  6. ds

    Love griffins. I think he’s waiting for people to leave the garden so that he can fly away (did they fly? or run?) on adventures of his own. Of course, he’ll be back by daylight…
    You are your own legend. Indeed.
    Thank you.

  7. I have to confess that I don’t really know what anaphoric or ekphrastic mean–will have to look up – your poem works really well, though – the repetition underlines the sense of inquiry in the poem and there is this greater metaphor of not fitting in–being mismatched – and yet finding a place after all. K.

  8. Sandra

    This is great. I kept looking back at the photo and could see what you saw in that griffin. Brilliant.

  9. Ahhhhh … anaphoric and ekphrasitic … what a star you are Sue! Beautiful repetition and a glorious piece of art ~ like many other commentators, I love griffins ~ good choice ~ nice poem 🙂

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