Where Does Art Come From?

Art returned today
slipped in while I wasn’t looking.
One moment the canvas seemed
a fine white cottonwood with colbalt shadows
that must fall just so.

The next moment, a yellow square
unbidden –
and a sheer purple glaze
blending space to unify
a pale skeletal snag,
roaring smoke,
fire and sky.

This is new art
and I ask
myself once again-
where does art come from?
I look under my skin; I look at
the memories of artists past.
I ask my sisters, my brothers, my mother,
and I ask my friends.
Where does art come from?

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