The Poetry Portal

Ami Ronnberg

The symbolism of veil and veiling is rich - the veil as covering, hiding or protecting. Revealing can be seen as unveiling. In many traditions, the ordinary world is seen through a veil, hiding the true reality. The sacred is hidden from view by a veil as were the ancient gods or goddesses. This beautiful abstract image painted on a veil was done by Marina Kiesling as part of the second ARAS Pioneer Teens summer program where the teens explored a symbol of their choice for two weeks, which resulted in a final art work.  We hope that this image will inspire you to write a poem in our Ekphrasis tradition. Please send your poems to by November 15th.

We thank everyone who submitted a poem that was inspired by the "Unknown Road" image in our last issue. The poems are available to read here.