He remembers home

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The hand that shapes the picture

holds a world in brush-stroked paint,

 

a glimpse of ghosted past, no future

in the black, the white, all swept away

 

so much debris in an ocean blue,

swallowed by the beast of distance,

 

and in the calm deeps of eyes,

so like yours and mine, despair.

 

He sees further, deeper far than we,

remembers things we never knew,

 

and in the mute, paint-laden brush,

a small life, sings its painted song

 

a life defined in an alien medium

by the unhealable pangs of loss.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

16 thoughts on “He remembers home”

      1. This sounds a little bit bad. Nowadays healthcare is optimized for earning money. The social moment of our states had left, but we are paying our officials like we can trust them like in the past.

  1. The blue might symbolize a wish for home, though I agree that it more likely stands for those who keep the artist here. The black, meaning loss, is in front of all the rest. The artist would have to be taken home before believing in home, again. The sadness of the artist’s state has been captured in words so effectively by you.

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