Ten years since
I heard dark canvas calling,
a skeletal ghost, mouth wide in silent scream,
head thrown back, eyes closed,
shoulders hunched, fingers cringed in pain.
Is that a cloak
or tattered wing you wear?
How your head droops now down and away;
a long exhalation of despair.
What elusive colours made you?
Nothing in art is ever black and white.
I see a slit of light;
a window there to your right
casting a pool of hope upon the floor.
I interpret the spirit of a door;
steps leading up through you.
You have not yet been painted long
my friend. Does it seem eternity?
I spoke in kindness yet you turn in anger.
Gone in an instant. You pity human kind.
Wear penance Whitby-black. Your
undying fingers grip the rock.
You are a prayer stretched thin. Bone,
kneeling in the dark,
humbled by hope;
brought to your knees by love.
We are kin longer than this decade past
and that first day you called to me.
I thought I’d discovered all at last;
yet just now you reached out towards
Can you lock it? Do you hold the key?
Well, I will forgive you, if you will forgive me.