Emotions and fears that had never been shared.
Were blotched by tears she had shed over them.
That she had hoped she might never feel again.
Was staring at her and speaking her name.
Had been drawn from the depths of her world-weary heart.
©2016 Joanne Van Leerdam
The Artist is one of my favourite poems from ‘Leaf’.
I was inspired to write it by my friend Nicky, who is an incredibly gifted
artist. On looking at one of her paintings, I commented that I wished I could do what she did.
She said, “You do. You just do it with words.”
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