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ink wash and acrylic on canvas

20 x 20 


Pods (The Opening)


How long will it hold 

the untold beauty unseen

in between birth and death

yet bereft of meaning 


this barrier of skin

within an ancient code

eroded by solitude

sanctuary as cell


the deep well of truth 

youth not yet rooted

disputing wisdom 

ransomed by strength


the length of that season

our reason now failing us

we must be released

as fleece to the breeze


the pod hears this plea

my seeds floating freely

may the sod receive me 

so I may finally be 


painting and verse 

by Kelly Leichert

published on November 5, 2021