Painting Czeslawa Kwoka          by Theresa Edwards (verse) & Lori Schreiner (art)

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V ~


Painted close-up: a bright

yellow backdrop brightens

the scarf’s pattern, your hair

hidden in black and white

becomes strands of sunlight,

movement on still life.


Yellows warm your cheeks,

your forehead clear of dirt,

yellows remove the dark patch

from the tip of your nose we see

in each of Brasse’s photographs.

Yellows plunge orange,

settle on the center left of your chest.   


You can breathe them in.