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Hi everyone !  I had a chance to visit our Art Gallery of Ontario last week and saw some lovely paintings by local and international artists.   Though there were colourful paintings, I specially liked how the white walls contrasted dramatically with some black-themed paintings.   Here are some pictures and a poem for your inspiration:



A light in the moon by Silke Otto-Knapp

black&white2 The merchant’s Garden by Silke Otto-Knapp

Aubade with Burning City


South Vietnam, April 29, 1975: Armed Forces Radio played Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a code to begin Operation Frequent Wind, the ultimate evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese refugees by helicopter during the fall of Saigon.

            Milkflower petals on the street

                                                     like pieces of a girl’s dress.

May your days be merry and bright

He fills a teacup with champagne, brings it to her lips.

            Open, he says.
                                        She opens.
                                                      Outside, a soldier spits out
            his cigarette as footsteps
                            fill the square like stones fallen from the sky. May all
                                         your Christmases be white as the traffic guard
            unstraps his holster.


                                        His hand running the hem
of  her white dress.
                            His black eyes.
            Her black hair.
                            A single candle.
                                        Their shadows: two wicks.


A military truck speeds through the intersection, the sound of children
                                        shrieking inside. A bicycle hurled
            through a store window. When the dust rises, a black dog
                            lies in the road, panting. Its hind legs
                                                                                   crushed into the shine
                                                       of a white Christmas.


On the nightstand, a sprig of magnolia expands like a secret heard
                                                                      for the first time.


Continue reading the poem here.

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See you on poetry trail ~  Grace