Oh, Orpheus, come to me
I am Eurydice
Needing a poem of such beauty
That Hades will set me free
Challenge of the poet:
Creating words that resonate nakedly
In a world where visuals and auditories
Instantly gratify by using
Music or illustration
What chance does the simple word have?
Ancient bards sang their work
Strong voices kept the listeners listening
A YouTube video is a modern substitute
Memorable lyrics used since language began
Poetry, word painting
Clearer with illustration
Older books included pictures
Today, we Photoshop a VanGogh
Enhancing the poetry experience
Nudging the imagination of the reader
Is it possible in modern times
To reach others merely with words?
Once, only a select few read
How to write for each audience?
Orpheus, you led us to be free
But turned around to look at me
And once again I vanished by Hades’ decree
Was I not to be loved as much as your poetry?
© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: COROT: ORPHEE