Frozen Farm Track At Sunrise

I love the picture affixed to this essay. I feel like it’s a picture of place I once was, that I remember vividly, even though… I wasn’t ever there, and my memories seem made up. Many of you will (correctly) think I’m crazy for reacting this way, but some of you, a special few, will know the feeling I’m describing.

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I frequently start with photos as inspiration for posts; I purchase almost all the images I use from This particular photo is by a photographer named Kevin Eaves. He’s from the UK.

I mostly write poetry; it turns out, there’s a word for poetry inspired by painting or photography or other arts, it’s called ekphrastic poetry, and the process itself is called ekphrasis.

I know you come to this blog primarily to learn obscure Greek terms for things, so I oblige.

She wasn’t awake yet, so
I dressed and left to take a walk,
Looking at her, a lambent miracle,
Still asleep in the old farm bed —

The type of terrain was
Strange to me; I come from
Flat beach country, where
Hills are few, and snow is

The air was cold and bracing, and
I could see my own breath in steam

What a night it had been

What a surprise all that was

What beautiful country it was, as
The early morning light hazed gray
Over the winter landscape

And it wasn’t even love, it was
Just the joy of knowing
Love might be


Love is its own excuse, of course: we love because we love to love.

That I love this photograph is an oddity, perhaps, but it is a fact: I love this picture.

Author: Sibelius Russell

Sibelius Russell (a/k/a/ Owen "Beleaguered" Servant) lives a life of whimsical servitude -- whatever that means.

9 thoughts on “Frozen Farm Track At Sunrise”

  1. Just knowing that love is possible. That is the feeling that I always want to feel, at every opportunity. You have captured the mood of the picture in the poem perfectly, I felt like I was traversing the path as I was reading it, with my breath creating mist as I continue on my journey to find true love 🙂

    I’ve also written poems myself using ekphrasis before but most of the time I tend to write from prompts or verbal inspiration and then find a suitable picture later. I must try reversing the process and using ekphrasis more the next time I start writing another batch of poetry.

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