Aphelion Issue 274, Volume 26
July 2022
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The Artist

by Don Coonrod

He began the painting
black lines curving
through white space
a father’s face;
cold edges broken;
son just below the
bleeding windows
of memory’s careful work,
coming out silently
in a dark closet
where he sleeps alone,
half-awake to night’s
rhythms, gulls flying in
to feast on eyes
full of salty tears—
nightmares’ memories
flashing back, trembling
awake now in early light
suddenly knowing what to do—
Hurling paint onto canvas, he
sketches first a face in pain;
then with quick strokes,
perfect in proportion, a child-sized door,
gleaming edges shimmering
opening slowly for his escape.

© 2008 Don Coonrod

Don Coonrod has published numerous poems previously in a wide variety of journals, including alittlepoetry.com, coffeepressjournal.com, Ygdrasil, Pegasus, Prairie Poetry, Poesia, and Mid-America Poetry Review and several others.

Find more by Don Coonrod in the Author Index.

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