PORTRAITS

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Solitary figures
etched in umber
washed in thalo
blue.
Gradations of gray, isolated
manifestations.

Canvas after canvas
of man alone.

Absolutes when embraced
become selective truths
and beauty is known by many faces.

It is not the conquest of ideals
nor variant aberrations,
but the pursuit
that defines the artist.

Why?
he asked,
don't you paint
happy pictures?

I thought I did,
she answered.

 

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