30-Day Poetry: 28

WInged Victory of SamothraceDay 28—Visit a virtual art gallery and look around until you find a piece that intrigues you. Write a poem inspired by the artwork.

Winged Victory of Samothrace
a found poem

An original Greek statue
probably destroyed by an earthquake,
this work was found in countless pieces
in 1863 on the island of Samothrace,
in the northeast Aegean.

The right wing is a plaster copy of the left
wing, the only one to have survived.
The cement base beneath its feet is also modern;
the statue initially stood on the sculpted prow
of the ship. It loomed out of a hilltop sanctuary
at an angle, which explains why less attention
was paid to carving the right-hand side.

Victory is shown as if she were just alighting
on the prow of the ship to which she is bringing divine
favor: with her raised hand, she announces the coming event.

Prompts here

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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