Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Metaphysical Muse--By Brian Strand--England

A Metaphysical Muse

What thou lovest in her face
is colour, if her face be painted
on a board or wall, thou wilt
love it. She speaks, smiles and
kisses much. Because it is
painted do we not behold with
pleasure her painted face? Love
her who shows her love to thee,
in this smile, lovely to thee, all
her love forever be, if her face
forever, rests upon thee.

From John Donne’s prose Juvenilia 2,11,12

A Phrasis is a structured verse where the poet uses selected prose phrases of another writer (not a poet) to compile unique poetry from as a tribute to. The word phrasis is Greek for phrase.

Brian Strand has created short poetic forms including 'broken monoku' (a haiku variation) and 'footle' (a trochaic monometer with witty, topical, etc themes) and Captioned Cartoon, an Ekphrasis combining his art and poetic interests. He has published a seven kindle ebook series Poetic forms; A Strand of Verse; My Choice Strand Verse; A Strand Guide; Christianity Explained; A Strand critique; and Captioned Cartoon Ekphrasis. Brian has written nearly 200 Amazon reviews and is a Wiki poetry and art editor.


  1. Really an enjoyable read as your words flowed so nicely. As I read you - you gave me a moment of profound thought. Well done!

    Rhoda Galgiani

  2. interesting style. i may give it a go. i feel transported back in time with the historic 'feel' in the original voice of this piece. much enjoyed. best wishes, ralph.