Visitor on Ancient Wings


On Ancient Wings
~ !6″ x 20″ x 1″ mixed media on wood panel

The Moment

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

Margaret Atwood (1939 – )

The painting above is a smaller incarnation of an earlier painting Tiny Sky, which sold during my show last May. In addition to being a bit smaller and on wood instead of canvas, there are several subtle differences in color, composition and content. It is available for purchase at The Insiders/Outsiders Gallery.

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