Thursday, March 16, 2017

GUEST BLOG... POETRY! "Completion" by Dennis Patrick Slattery

    Depth started to throb -Jori Graham

The painting sits upright

                  against the file cabinet

          almost completed; it can’t

find the place of finish, a space

                   where things are allowed to end.

          No studio for it to be done

signed and touched no more

with thoughts of brush.

It needs a tiny woman

                  walking away from the viewer

          with her tiny black dog no larger

than a leaf/just a stain of black

                   will bring it to life.

          But no proper space avails

to allow it a final shape

a completion.

The smaller trees in back

                   then larger and still larger

          masses of green, mottled trunks in front

stand alone beside one another;

                   they smell the loneliness.

         Cezanne can’t find his own footing

his easel or canvas stand.

                  The asphalt path ribbed

          with shadows of trees we cannot see

 because the woman and her dog

                   have long passed

         yet remain unpainted.

They want to be there, content to stroll

           as they do in the photograph I paint from.

          Some license, surely, but not them

they are not incidental to the life of trees.

I want to see them—after they are painted in

        two figures to ease the gap of loss in depth.

          When the painting is framed and hung

on the living room wall, I want to see

                   them enjoying the trees

          I painted for their delight as they stroll

by and through the lushness of green.

I will wave to their tiny shapes

                   meandering on the path, their

          backs to me getting smaller

her dog sniffing a red wildflower

unaware I am behind them

                  happily waving at their beauty.

         They continue to diminish

                  as do I to them  

in my blue shirt, like hers

 now almost the same size.

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