I love ekphrasis! While writers can often struggle with inspiration or direction, influence from other artists can really help guide and shape your work, or even just give a nice starting kick. (I find that music especially can help me relax enough to let the words come, give me a feeling, and sometimes that's all you have to do.) This poem & accompanying painting are the result of a response to some Sisters of Mercy, the Dragonlance chronicles, Harlan Ellison's Paingod, and however much self-indulgence was necessary to have me use my own work as inspiration. Honestly, I'd recommend trying it yourself - you gain a multiplicity of methods to express different facets of a concept: your work in conversation with itself.
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