Dear DeMaris

You know this won’t last.
Every time the colors
run together and darken
you forget how important
the color black is
for creating shadows
that cradle the light—
and I wish you wouldn’t
struggle so long to smooth
out your brushstrokes.
Who said you need
to blend in every color
with the next?
Just leave it alone
and return tomorrow
after sleep—
and don’t be surprised
if that slash of purple
from the ear to the mouth
is the detail that breathes
life back into the pale
green watering eyes.


DeMaris Gaunt

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