Delightful Faces

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from
cheap paper
lopsided eyes stare—

lush lips lock away a secret,
a funky nose blows away
the blues.

and here is joy
to draw,
to create

delightful faces.

Susan Stone copyright 2018

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Freedom is
written

above
a lopsided roof
that reaches to touch it.

children’s
voices echo,
day 1,2,3,4

through walls
and out of
crooked windows.

Imagine,
a home for everyone.

susan stone copyright 2018

Twins

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Twins

He stares from the front,
in Edwardian bloomers,
a midnight coat of wrinkles and
a boy’s bowtie that dips to the left.

She stands next to him,
hidden under an enormous ribbon,
drowning in a heavy Sunday dress
with a waist that drops.

He doesn’t reach for her,
instead, he puts his hand behind
his back as if this act will
break the twin connection.

I don’t know this girl frozen
in age spots but I love the woman
who lived her life. The other,
I know only from this moment.

He lives on stained paper
from decades of yesterdays,
a fading reminder of
a part of you I didn’t know.

Susan Stone

 

The Critic

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The Critic

She sits in the window
blocking me
from the world

bouncing crumbled
half-finished art
off my head.

Taunting,
“draw, draw, draw,
and still, alien eyes
and a nose that blows
stale air.”

I say to her,
“you’re quite pale today,
go now,
and play in the sun.”

art and words

copyright Susan Stone 2018

 

The Pain of Making Art

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It’s All Connected

tingles and throbs
travel fingers to hand
up an achy arm
down a hot shoulder
to a kink in the neck
attached to a forward
tilted head
facing
what the hand
is making.

Susan Stone copyright 2018