Friday, September 11, 2015

PINCELADAS (ekphrasis) by jjméndez

PINCELADAS
    (ekphrasis)

Brushstrokes …

Of every kind land
explosive splashes
across the ivory cloth
some drip… some stand 
while others grow thin 
and stretch; others bend  
or just decide to curl 
and pretend to rest.

Brushstrokes …

Of a muted landscape
of pale grass leaves swaying 
to the churning shrill  
of Quixotic windmills 
turning heavy wooden 
blades threshing slowly
the gritty wheatgerm  
of countless dreams 
mottled with blood-stained 
faces and bony fingers
mapped with varicose veins 
wavering like purging flames 
above the smoldering trees 
still holding severed 
torsos, arms, and legs.

Brushstrokes …

Of beaten smudged faces 
staring at the swarming 
rushing mob of silent corpses 
marching down Guernica 
afraid to be devoured 
by Saturn under a dim moonlight
showering the foggy night.

Brushstrokes …

Of clenched fists like
pounding hammers
smashing lingering lives
countless dying victims 
falling at the firing line.

Brushstrokes …

Of wide-open eyes
struggling to be first
in claiming their space
in the bloodied landscape 
as they march forward 
into the blurred horizon line.

Brushstrokes …

Of sleep-deprived
starving labradores 
their mouths frothing 
their hands begging
for God’s mercy amidst
shrapnel piercing 
like air-borne darts
deep into their ailing 
broken hearts…

Brushstrokes …

Of Andalusian horses
pure-bred blue bulls 
charging the swollen 
corpses staring at the moon
in the bloody battlefront 
chasing packs of mangy dogs 
and the last torero standing
tall upholding his stained sword.

Brushstrokes …

Of fascist bombs raining 
down from the flickering sky 
as a bewildered police force
thrusts razor-sharp
bayonets like banderillas
on the backbones of men,
clueless children and wailing 
women dressed in black.

Brushstrokes …

Of desperate flocks
of messenger doves
confused by the tweaking 
fulminating bombs dousing  
human groans and moans
wallowing in the dirt and 
steely rain splotching 
screaming canvases 
filled with brushstrokes
in masterpiece paintings
Goya and Picasso
left behind 
for us to grasp… 

                     and never forget.

©  Summer 2015 jjméndez

Top: Picasso, Guernica.   Below: Goya, Disasters of War.

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