Unfinished business

unfinished business
Unfinished business, John Lyons (oil on canvas)

Unfinished business

The colours we lay down
           over the years in our lives
the different textures
           of relationships
the shapes we make
           with our world materials

Expressions of joy
           or of pain
or of mystification
           expressions of love
our markers
           and our touchstones

Love was only ever good
           in the making of it
in the breathing of it
           generosities of the soul
affections so worded
           that they warmed the heart
but life so fragmentary
           and cursed by ambition
bonds broken
           for thirty pieces of silver

John Lyons

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