*An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images.
“Christina’s World” has always been one of my favorite paintings, though I couldn’t tell you why. I just think that’s how it is with art sometimes.
Wheat-colored grass fields
separate her from the chaff
that has been home since she was
a little stranger,
through kith and kin.
She is at large from her world
that has become small:
and Maine land as far as she can crawl—
not as a child,
but as a woman whose feet trail behind her
like tin cans on a honeymoon car,
her legs like the strings that connect them,
her spirit soaring above the plain.