When We Were Small 2012 (Oil, Pastel, Graphite on Canvas 48 x48 inches)
For this painting I wrote a poem to accompany it. Although I feel each (painting and poem) stand on their own, I think together they pack a real one-two punch - for me anyway!
When We Were Small
Way back then
When we were small
We were together through it all.
Then, you were gone.
To go on, my instinct
Erased every trace of you.
But a seed of remembrance
The charred embers of my resistance,
Allowing me to love.
Somehow, I still stand
With flower in hand
Tethered always somehow
To the vague memory of our start in life together.
This memory is a faint force
Unrelenting in its haunting.
When I risk being crushed by sadness,
I see it as a source of all the sweetness
I have to give.
Help me to forgive myself
That way back then when we were small
I had to let you go at all.
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