At the end of the party…

when it all slows down,
music, body, brain,
you feel like you’ve
been drinking acid rain.

Lights explode into colours
and shadows are palpable;
in the dark corners of a sofa,
some are even huggable.

Darkness starts to fade,
daylight begins to hover
through gaps in the morning
and a mother of a hangover

and you leave on a high, singing
an anthem to the psychedelics of spring.

Kim M. Russell, 1st April 2021

992 City View, 1994 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser

My response to NaPoWriMo Day One, linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night

It’s the first day of NaPoWrimo 2021 and this year I decided to follow the prompts at, where I’ve come across some familiar names, including Namratha Varadhajaran of Namy Says So, who is today’s featured participant.

Our challenge is to write poems inspired by an animated version of ‘Seductive Fantasy’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. A tricky start.

The Chad Van Gaalen animation made me think of Hundertwasser, one of my favourite Austrian artists. Image is 992 City View  by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 1994, on WikiArt.

49 thoughts on “At the end of the party…

  1. I really like “psychedelics of spring,” Kim!

    I did the early bird prompt yesterday, but I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to post to all the NaPoWriMo prompts this year, especially since I’m doing an ekphrastic challenge, too.

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    1. Thanks Merril. I wasn’t sure if I would have the time for NaPoWriMo, but I’m going to try to keep it up again this year. I might take a look at the ekphrastic challenge – which one is it?

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      1. It’s one Paul Brooks of Wombwell Rainbow is doing. You have to sign up with him, but you probably still can, if you’re interested.

        I might work on some of the NaPoWriMo prompts for things I want to submit.

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  2. I so love the ‘psychadelics of spring’ Kim 😀 a most stunning ekphrastic poem. 💝 I can’t decide which is better .. the artwork or your words!

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  3. In all the hubbub of PT appointments and obligatory exercises every day that take over an hour (but are working), somehow I totally forgot that April 1 begins napowrimo! So glad dVerse folks have reminded me! I’ve always liked that challenge….not necessarily following the real NaPoWriMo prompts.
    At the end of the Party… much here literally….I especially like these words
    “and you leave on a high, singing
    an anthem to the psychedelics of spring.”
    These words in particular fit the illustration so very well.
    hmmmm I’m wondering how I would take this metaphorically….
    I shall read it again and contemplate it that way.

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    1. I’m so glad the exercises are working, Lill., and I’m not surprised you forgot about NaPoWriMo, you have enough to contend with at the moment. Thank you for reading closely and taking time with this one. There was an animation that went with it, but it was rather long, and really quite strange, not my kind of thing. If you follow the link to, you can watch it.


  4. Wow that is some hangover! Well done.
    Like this… You know you are gone with this happens…
    Lights explode into colours
    and shadows are palpable;
    in the dark corners of a sofa,
    some are even huggable.

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  5. Don’t now why, but it reads to me as like Old Man Winter’s last hurrah of the season before Demeter sends him away as Persephone emerges. I know it’s a weird mix of mythology icons.

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