Ochre afternoon

Ochre afternoon sifts as dry as daydreams
Dim horizon lies brittle-hard as bone
Just shadows play – just echoes laugh and scream
Who hears my aching heart singing alone?

Hoop and hopscotch memories are all washed out
Bleached arcades will not echo to my voice
Tears of ripped up rainbows fail in the drought
My soul weeps quietly at the end of choice

Ghosts have no shadows by night or day
Yet creepier far than the midnight hour
Are these sad streets where only shadows play
A childhood shorn of youth’s maturing flower

No living warms these streets we used to know
Just empty dreams that faded long ago.

Thanks to Christine for sharing the image above , “Melancholy and Mystery of a Street,” by De Chirico, which triggered this poem – this is all part of a read write poem prompt where various people shared different poems, pictures or songs that have inspired them.

Sorry to share two melancholy poems in a row… things are basically fine but I just need to work a few sad reflections out of my mind!

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6 responses to “Ochre afternoon

  1. ‘Hoop and hopscotch memories are all washed out
    Bleached arcades will not echo to my voice’

    Loved it..

    booking through myth or reality?

  2. You wrote a sonnet, and quite excellent too, in meter and unobtrusive rhyme. It must be your music background that gives you such a good ear for the flow of words.

    My favorite line is the first one,
    ‘Ochre afternoon sifts as dry as daydreams,’

    it really dives right into the mood of the painting.

  3. “No living warms these streets we used to know
    Just empty dreams that faded long ago.”

    These final two lines are an excellent reprise of the entire poem. This piece was well written… 😉

  4. Bleached arcades or not, I hear your voice echoing from this well written little song.

  5. “Who hears my aching heart singing alone?” — I do. We do.

    I really enjoyed this. The poem flows so well.

  6. Excellent sonnet, mixing well with the colors on the canvas.

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