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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

Remained, unnamed

Growing slowly

Eating away

The charred embers of my resistance,

Allowing me to love.


Somehow, I still stand

With flower in hand

And heart,

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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Comment by julie keller on November 15, 2012 at 10:38pm

very touching to read...i'm glad you included it

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