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In Still Life. {poetry}

 

{A detail from Inhabited Painting, 1975, by Helena Almeida.}

{A detail from Inhabited Painting, 1975, by Helena Almeida.}

Painting with acrylic
Or oil and turpentines on canvas

The latter muddy, dirty, impossible to erase
I insist on it

I’d choose the kinder more forgiving medium
Had it chosen me

Once upon a time it did
I tasted a bit of its palette

The swirls and whirls of soft but vivid colors
Water before it completely dries
And its gone

My hands and favorite shirts
Oh why I wear them when I shouldn’t
They all bear reminders
Of deep reds and blues
That cannot be erased

When there was a voice
A gaze
A smile

Inanimate objects written by you

Of oils and turpentines and linseed oil
In this raging ocean, inside
Of what’s now a still life

*****

{Still Life}

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