An Affair with A Rainbow
(Art is an expression of love or it is nothing. Marc Chagall)
You spread the velvet red,
Heart flutters and flips
You feel a sudden burn for more
Veins swell of heat
Sweet trickle down your face, hand,
So you splash a little yellow and
Out of butter -lust
With the want of more!
Sun grows bolder
In its heat
Tickles toe tips and fingers—
Apply more paint!
Change the brush. Smear blue, white,
Turquoise, soft mysterious gray
Till the eyes fill with tears—
How can sea and sky flirt
With power, with passion?
The colors seem to lick the skin
Kiss the face, hands, chest, abdomen,
Dimples of Venus
As if too deep in the ocean or too close to heaven,
And you have a hard time breathing.
Grab a pallet knife of black
Making trees and branches to hold onto,
Close your eyes and
The absence of light haunts you
As if you had been long void of feeling.
This affair is turning to love,
Picture shapes, more strokes, more color
Hard strokes faster, faster and stronger
Till hands up thrown to the ecstatic air
The spentness of it all,
And you, done to this,
Pray a new fire.
(c) 2020 Stan Sujka
Stan Sujka is a physician poet, part of the “Twelve Chair” poetry group in Orlando Florida and member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida State Poets Association.