Sonny Rainshine

Life Studies - Poem by Sonny Rainshine

He paints a landscape,
a still life, a seascape,
countless nudes,
an abstract, a study,
a watercolor, a gouache,
his mother.

He loads his palette like a shotgun:
ceruleans, carmines,
ochres, cadmium reds,
burnt umber, viridians,
chinese white, and
raw sienna.

He paints boldly, sometimes
with knives-full of pigment,
or with a single sable-hair,
shyly, brazenly, tenderly,
brush heavy with paint,
or only a nectar-drop.

Since finished paintings
need a name;
he calls each one “Self Portrait.”

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 13, 2006

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