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grey marriages

by Dawn Davidson

the long plains of black as night, as crow

an unseen face, images dissolving, in the

sun, celebration, of winds waking a cloud

the shades of white

rice paper, laid upon her painter's table

as black and white

create grey marriages, moving as slow

as the ancient turtle, as fast as a hungrey

cry at dawn

a small bowl of green tea

a chinese opera playing, so sweet, delicate lovers

oh, the first kiss, and the last

so very opaque, and strikingly calm

the night and the day, as song

a hint of spring, upon my easel

grey marriages, absorbed in the wind

we dine, in our hearts, between

the light and the dark

grey marriages, the chi of quiet's

music, so thin, as we wait

together, a partner of contrast

the kind night, invites a day

of shadows and simplicity

for the chinese brush painter's

way of making her quiet

a grey marriage, of brush and symphony

celebration of what is


Author's Note: i do chinese brush painting, and strangely in this city, run into chinese brush painters, alot..a way to really take a few moments, out of chaos, to comtemplate, the simple beauty of a peaceful mind

Posted on 02/02/2012
Copyright © 2018 Dawn Davidson

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 02/02/12 at 11:59 AM

... outstanding.....

Posted by Dorian Black on 02/02/12 at 11:09 PM

Ill follow Mr. Cramer with ...Brilliant ... thanks for sharing this magnificent piece.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/03/12 at 05:52 PM

Beautiful poetics, Dawn. Poignant, powerful, but in a subtle way. Wish I had written this, glad you did. :)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/05/12 at 01:17 PM

for some reason this feels more Jackson Pollock to me than Chinese brush painting in that it does not brush so much as pours out its colorful heart and spills well beyond the local, into the suburban soul.

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