A daughter’s portrait

                        Daughter, John Lyons (30 x 25 cm, oil on canvas)

A portrait made
       of tables and chairs
and rain and wind
       sketched on fabric
the pigments of life
time and space
       held in shape
by a wooden frame
       the paint still wet
the words still hot
       from the mind
from the heart
       magpie moments
       and ferreted away
the lush grass
       the autumn leaves
strewn across the fields
       where children play

Another year will come
       and then another
and all things will grow
       and fruit will swell
until in its ripeness
       it is released
and there will always be
       life in plenty
colour in plenty
       and love too

John Lyons


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