In Jungle Darkness

Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge,
ArtFLASH/55 (posted by Kerry)
“For this weekend’s art collaboration, I am introducing Eli Edward Evangelidis, an illustrator and engraver from Sydney, Australia. Eli has kindly given permission for us to use his amazing piece, ‘Beauty Forgotten in Survival’s Eyes’ (Pen and Ink. October 2018), for our poetic inspiration.”

Beauty Forgotten in Survivals Eyes. Full photograph.

Eli Edward Evangelidis (2018)
Used with Permission


Armed with knife
she comes unbidden
into jungle darkness.
She must remove a horrific
growth from the crown
of her horned friend
lest he die. So intent
is she on saving her friend,
she fails to take notice
of the thick, spotted snake
coiled ’round tree behind
her head, about to strike.
Who will survive?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to In Jungle Darkness

  1. Believe it or not, until now, I’d plum overlooked the snake. I would have spontaneously turned it into an Adam and Eve moment, so it’s good for the sake of variety. Nice illustration of the tendency of goodness to overlook the risk inherent in the virtuous behavior.


  2. Every now and again, one is focused so hard on the small stuff… that the big things have time to swallow one whole.


  3. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    …as we know, in real life (not fairy tales) good does not always triumph.


  4. Kerry says:

    This is a most humane response to the image. I hope her friend will save her from the serpent in turn.. those horns look sharp!


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly heart-stirring! ❤️ I love your positive approach to the prompt 😀


  6. I feel that you left us right at the moment when we were to find out who would win…


  7. Susie Clevenger says:

    Who will survive? I’m betting on the lady. 🙂


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