Featuring cherita!

April 19, 2019

Ekphrastic April 2019, Day 19: "Girl and Leshy"

"Girl and Leshy" (1899) by Maria Yakunchikova [1870-1902].

sent into the woods to
gather mushrooms and berries

tales of the old folks
race through her head...
wait...was that the wind?

oh, the poor child

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

A leshy is a wood spirit from Russian folklore. This work is a tapestry, approximately 9' X 12'! I imagine the wood spirit is pretty menacing at those dimensions!

A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.


  1. Oo, shiver! In addition to the leshy, the bush behind the girl looks like a face with teeth to me. The perfect place for a leshy to drag an unsuspecting berry gatherer...

  2. Love how haunting this one is. Nicely done, Diane!