after the painting “Offering” by Carol Hoy*
When I drew my bucket up, up, up from the well
pebbles, clay, and soot sloshed in the water
and began to settle. Peering into the bucket I saw
a shiny stone on the bottom, long and oval, lying flat
against the metal. Markings appeared lifting a shape
from the stone’s surface: a long, hunched nose, red lips,
and beseeching wild eyes that gazed back into mine.
This seeing revealed both the true and the familiar.
As we held our gaze the water stilled and I too,
stilled; a ripening. Then we traded places.
setting off to sea
in a red boat
offering me to myself
–Mimi M. Maduro
January 1, 2015
* Bedazzled by Carol Hoy’s painting, “Offering,” in the premier issue, I wrote this ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is one that is inspired by a piece of art. A haibun is a form combining prose and poetry that originated with the Japanese poet, Basho (1644-1694).