Spellbound by Elaine Sorrentino


Niagara, 1857 by Frederic Edwin Church
Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art


Listen to Elaine Sorrentino reciting Spellbound


The last time I knew innocence
I was surrounded by breathtaking 
steadily booming over the falls
misting our awe-struck faces 
confirmation we are mere specks
in the realm of natural wonders.

I could have lingered there forever 
drinking in its mesmerizing thunder 
unknowingly balanced on the fraying
thread between well-being and illness  
before scalpels, needles, chemical
treatment made their grand entrance; 
momentarily living in the presence
of ferocious power, I could not get enough. 


This poem, inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s 1857 painting Niagara, was first published in The Ekphrastic ReviewOctober 20, 2023 in their Ekphrastic Challenges series. Read about ekphrastic poetry in Niagara.
Elaine Sorrentino
Elaine Sorrentino has been published in Ekphrastic ReviewMinerva RisingWillawaw JournalGlass: A Journal of PoetryWriting in a Women’s Voice, The Poetry Porch, ONE ART: a journal of poetryAgape ReviewHaiku Universe, Sparks of CalliopeMuddy River Poetry ReviewPanoply, Etched Onyx Magazine, and at wildamorris.blogspot.com.  

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