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?

One thought on “Where Does Art Come From?”

  1. Cheryl,
    Great job with very specific images–stanza breaks are appealing. You ask the question three times, which has a ritualistic effect.
    You’re doing wonderful work!

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