Most writers and poets say a poem should stand on its own without reference to an image, if that is what triggered the poem. While I agree, I find this drawing so fascinating, I have no hesitation in posting it with my poem! No doubt my attempt doesn’t do justice to the drawing, but there you have it. The technical term for poems which re -interpret other works of art is, Ekphrasis.
On False Perspective
After William Hogarth
See how our concave faces confront contradiction,
we can never read what’s inside; each daily meeting
gouges a deeper groove. Lets face the facts
to avoid false perspective: from a mile away
a man lights his pipe from a candle
held by an apparition leaning from a window next to us.
Sheep grow as big as cows as they wander into the distance;
we stand still as the path beneath our feet speeds along;
a rock face descends as we cling to its cragginess;
horses stand while the bridge moves under their hooves.
Two-faced Phil folds into a clock tower; waits his chance to strike.
The moon in a dewdrop shows its full face
yet we can’t see both sides of a church
if we stand in one place. Two-faced Phil
jumps out and strikes his lover dead. The murderer’s
reckless act can only return to innocent reflection
in the moonlit depths of a puddle.