Saturday, August 05, 2017

To Be An Artist

Fill a wide brush
with green paint—
not an ordinary shade
 but one that imitates
a handful of grapes
or the guacamole 
you ate in Mexico
Fill a sheet as wide as
your outstretched arms
with the greens 
of a forest 
Now add flowers
Paint them boldly
so their scent dances
Let each bloom find
it's own shape
Walk around the paper
until you find an animal,
a galaxy, a place
on a map and add a line
and then another until
you tease it out 
Your world waits to see
itself in lines and shapes,
with colors that talk hip-hop 
or slide like the notes
of a saxophone riff


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