Gargoyles On the Loose

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge
Art FLASH/55  (posted by Kerry)
For this weekend’s art collaboration, I am introducing an illustrator in mixed media ink, Quincy Washington, from Portland, Oregon, USA. He has kindly given permission for us to use his gold-embellished, ‘Emperor of the Dawn’, for our poetic inspiration. This picture is part of a his Zodiac Series: Royal Talens Collection – Leo.


Gargoyles break loose
from building facades
wreaking havoc. They extend
lengthy gold horns, death flowers,
and talons of night
clutching swords. One
colossal eye stares
at the city watching
its destruction with glee. Who
will save us now? We need
a superhero with arms
and teeth of steel, to defeat
these monstrous free-flying

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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16 Responses to Gargoyles On the Loose

  1. Jim says:

    It’s gotten to be a tough world, law of large numbers deems ‘out of control.’ If we could find a genuine “superhero with arms and teeth of steel” that might regain control.


  2. Kerry says:

    This is a cool image of a gargoyle breaking free of its boundaries. Thank you for participating in this challenge.


  3. Brendan says:

    Nice literal take on the image and an imaginative identification. This present-day viciousness, have the gargoyles, once wardens and warnings of hellish compensation), torn loose and become the flying agents of rapine? Who indeed will save us from this part of ourselves given permission to fly?


  4. mhmp77 says:


    One colossal eye stares
    at the city watching
    its destruction with glee.

    They can be expected to cause problems and enjoying it all at the same time



  5. Vivian Zems says:

    Indeed, we need heroes today. Good one, Sara.


  6. kanzensakura says:

    Good one. The gargoyles breaking free!


  7. Mike Bayles says:

    I like this, Sarah. I think some day I want to write a poem about gargoyle images on buildings in Davenport.


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