Born from a bath, infused with air,
Placed on the tarmac-pebbled bank
In reverence, or as a prank,
He sends abhaya to the pond
As though he might as well be there
As any place. If you were fond
Of metaphor, perhaps you’d say
He served as an elephantine
Disrupter of the walk’s routine,
A joke that jarred us toward release;
A stumbling-block for dogs, lest they
Should terrorise the napping geese.
Not quite. It’s his way that’s been barred,
His seatment here a compromise
With which a migrant zeal complies.
But elephants still awe when tame;
No baths allowed here, but a guard Might come in handy all the same.
© Laura Del Col Brown 2014
Today’s featured poem comes from Laura Brown, a poet we have published previously on the blog. An ekphrastic poem of immense scope, “Ganesha in the Park” explores the characteristics of the Hindu deity, and in drawing from the photograph that inspired it, toys with the irony of his symbolic place as the remover of obstacles, given the position of the statue in the photograph as a “stumbling block for dogs”.
This is a piece that shifts between a conversational engagement with the physical world, and a poetic vein exploring the spiritual. The fluid manner in which these styles interchange is complimented by the occasional rhyming that runs throughout. A rich, intertextual poem that reveals more with each read.