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Exchange of Values

Exchange of Values
acrylic on board 48'X96'

"Structure of Color Perception"

"Structure of Color Perception"
48'X96' acrylic on board

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Against Hope

Modestly she turns from the doctor
While buttoning her blouse again
The rain has paused but the long walk
To the bus will still be a cold one

“Do I need to sign anything?”
She asks the receptionist on the way out
“No,” she smiles, “we have all your information
You’re good to go”

She pauses at the doors
The street is gray and wet
So indifferent to the lost color
Gone now for many months

She must have moved forward because 
The doors sprung open automatically
She worried the receptionist saw her start
She looked back but the desk was empty

Head down into the stinging wind
She merged into the busy sidewalk traffic
No one was expecting her anywhere
Cold tears defended her eyes

As the temperature dropped
Slush formed in the gutters
Her feet slapped at the mire
Everyone’s did

At the corner she felt lost
One way the same as another
Other walkers brushed past her
Disturbing the strident babbling flow

Signals ordered her body about
Signs commanded her movements
Channeling and quelling natural instincts
False rituals promising modes of survival

Snow fell in every form it needed to
Clouds took their turn in the sky
She only faced the east because
East is the vantage to the infinite sea


(photo taken at double bluff beach here on whidbey island)

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