Flint Hills

And So It Was The Day a Country Gentleman Took a New Wife

             -- for M. Laur and Aude Cosette, and for Scott Joplin   

 

Leaf from sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, 

breaks from branch, rattles to earth. 

Well, of course. This is fall and wind and Kansas,

20 degrees Fahrenheit forecast for Thursday. 

 

The break, an audible snap, severs spent

green, shatters ennui of rocking chair, exposes 

shades of summer, as he and she, and the tree, 

move into winter radiance, a mottle of whites:

 

green to grey to white, yes, . . . one after another, 

. . . another, forward and then back to beginning, 

rhythm certain as the arc of hunter’s moon, dark 

and fertile as heat of absence and disquiet of solace 

 

through which they have waited and trusted, yes, 

a leaf might come from branch like this, bending 

into evening, grotesque in elegant opposition 

to some ordered/disordered union with trunk. 

 

Can all this, he wonders, really be—he and she—

the upper branches radiant in reflection on window 

newly alive to the night: lamp light, open book, 

quiet talk, slow notes of a drag, a prance, a march 

onward, the must of their being taking rise?  

Deer Gracing Winter for Susan and Tariq Mixed Media on Paper 4" x 4" sold

Country Walk - Diptych Ink on Paper 12" x 6" each sold

Fall Coming On Mixed Media on Paper 12" x 12" sold

Earth and Sky I Mixed Media on Paper 12" x 12"

Earth and Sky II Mixed Media on Paper 8" x 8"

Earth and Sky III Mixed Media on Paper 12" x 12"

Earth and Sky IV Mixed Media on Paper 12" x 12"

Earth and Sky V Mixed Media on Paper 6" x 12"

Fog Lifting Triptych Mixed Media on Cradle Board 8" x 8" each panel

The Burn I Collage on Paper 7" x 5"

The Burn II Collage on Paper 10" x 8"

Where Even Skies are Green Mixed Media on Paper 12" x 12" sold

Inside the Target I Watercolour on Paper 12" x 12"

Inside the Target II Watercolour on Paper 12" x 12"

Inside the Target III Watercolour on Paper 12" x 12"

Targets for Red Frame I Watercolour Collage on Paper 12" x 6" sold

Targets for Red Frame II Watercolour Collage on Paper 12" x 6" sold

Target Practice I Collage on Paper 11" x 3" sold

Target Practice II Collage on Paper 11" x 3 sold

Target Practice III Collage on Paper 11" x 3" sold

Targets for Red Frame II Watercolour Collage on Paper 12" x 6" sold