See Something

Art
in abstraction
allows you to see anything

or nothing at all


ink and alcohol on ceramic tile
by Emily Kohns

Today
I See Something

I See the frothing sea foam
reach for the beach
blanketed in the purple-pink
of railroad vine

Morning Glories
in the sand –
Convolvulaceae

If I’m going to see,
I’m going to see in Latin
sometimes.

Speaking of which:

Kyrie eleison

For just beyond
the floral festoon

Mercy is what we need.

Even in the beauty
of rich orange and red,
steady decay
is evident.

Faaaaaar to the right…

Smokestacks?

Plumes from
unintended
detonations?

Does it matter?

Cough.

Boom.

Beauty and horror
live on the same tile.


This is the second poem in a triptych based on this piece of art:

See

See Something

See Nothing


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