This poem was inspired by a young artist that I witnessed painting on the common area at the Olympia, WA Farmer's Market in 1997. I have no artistic ability at all and have always been in awe of those who do.


More a French shave than five o'clock shadow,
the young artist's way of backing off,
announcing danger, an air of the unexpected,
as the King snake has evolved to feign the Coral.

Yet, where camel hair touched canvas calm,
where quintessential light met quotidian ennui,
not the advertised blackened rose or orchid,
rather the sizzle, the honeyed-heat of azalea.

Each stroke portended floral intifada,
pastel yellows and oily greens igniting
upon a fired-umber background,
threatened to melt the easel into tar.

I stood gape-jawed, nodded approval,
eyeing the second creation within a single flower.

Poetry by Brian Oarr
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Written on 2009-06-26 at 23:22

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