photoart: sharon auberle
To Paint Forgetting
by Barb Cranford
Gesso a long narrow canvas thickly
and embed a gaggle of dirty bits
of rag, shards of bone, illegible lists.
Smear it carelessly
with pale tints of some color
I do not like––ochre perhaps.
There must be a broken grid––
maze after maze leading
to empty rooms without doors.
Lurid bursts of yellow, orange
and red will flash and fade,
throwing fearsome shadows.
A few gray feathers will float down
from a strange bird beating its wings
against the frame, top left.
I wrote down these instructions once,
but I don't remember why.
~ first published in FAR FROM HERE