William Gropper, “The Southern Senator”, n.d., oil on board, W 18 x H 14 inches,  James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of the John P. Horton Estate

The Southern Senator by William Gropper served as the inspiration for our Second Place winner, Alana Y. Baggett. Alana attends Wissahickon Charter School in Philadelphia, PA where she is in the 8th grade. Congratulations Alana!

The Senator

The cigar

it touches my soft lips,

while you talk and talk

like a lost little loquacious person

As i inhale,

my attitude is a

smoke cloud in my mouth.

I listen to your foolishness,

as the cigar leaves

my lips.

I exhale.

I blow the smoke into

Your face. The smoke

blended with my face.

You see the smoke bringing

my anger out

in my black eyes.


Learn more about our exhibit by visiting our website: 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018. You can learn more about ekphrastic poetry by reading our first post.