Updated: Jan 20

Written by VaL Smit.

Art by VaL Smit

The forest lain out beneath the iron sky of winter

Is stiffened in frost

Frozen in fog

The mists as chill as death wandering to the impulse of our south-west winds

The river itself is a torrent

Tearing asunder the wood of skeletons and

Sending a raving sound of thunder through the air

Our forest now,

The cradle of fog-bred pestilence

Breathing contagion into its crowded recesses

How I long for blue skies, placid sunshine and soft western gale filled days

Our forest to shake loose its tresses and

Our Oak skeletons to be restored to its once majestic life

VaL Smit ©

VaL Smit is a South African artist and poet based in Cape Town. She writes ekphrastic poetry per artwork created and uses various media in portraying images that she feels fitting to deliver the message of the words she pens down. She focuses on the inner turmoil experienced by our disconnectedness from nature and each other. Her work has been published in various online journals including GloMag India, The Chachalaka Review, The West Review, The Raconteur Review and Literary Garland.


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