Jan Theuninck [Belgium]

Jan Theuninck is a Belgian artist and poet. His abstract paintings are mostly inspired by social and cultural issues, politics, war and peace. He sent us his ekphrastic* poem ‘Yperite’.

Jan Theunink‘Yperite’

Late at night
a mist
fills the valley
without knowing
it suffocates
like a dark power
on the fields
our dead bodies
and under the grass
a brown soil

 

* An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. [from Poetry Foundation].

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