Carla paints her life
with splashes of bright colour
and daubs of dark and somber tones.
One is evoked to chuckles and sighs
seeing the methods and materials
she uses to express her own chiaroscuro.
She tests her strong courage day by day,
revealing herself in a myriad ways—
a vast collage of multiple images
positioned with dramatic flair.
Across her canvas, here and there,
are layer upon layer of secret strokes
hidden so deep
only archeological digs would find them.
Every brush stroke is a story told
of battles and skirmishes won or lost.
Does Carla see in her life’s artistry
that she’s the creator of it all?
February, 1999 revised April, 2004, January, 2006