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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018
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Janet Lynn Davis
Grimes County, Texas, USA


Evolution of a painting

wispy roots
between my fingers—
souvenirs
of aloe and kalanchoe
from her garden to mine

How to include the right touch of light? And choose the most-fitting hues? Once I settle on palette and mood, then create my scene with brush and oils, the story appears to change.

My choices now: Leave things as they are. Or instead, modify my canvas, dabbing muddy shades on top of clearer colors, accepting that I may not be able to go back.

souvenirs
from her garden to mine—
ragged roots
of aloe and kalanchoe,
my mother's mind in tatters


Editor's Note: "Evolution of a painting" was previously published in Skylark 2:2, Winter 2014.

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