NaPoWriMo 2021 #29 – windows and mirrors

A painting can be a window
Showing you things outside
Like mountains and rivers
And people driving cars.

Or if you live in the city,
Matrices of streets with houses
And people living inside
can be viewed from afar.

And underneath the streets,
Hidden, wires and piping
And beneath that, the swamp
that connects to the river
That empties into the sea.

A painting can be a mirror,
Hanging on the wall of standing
On the floor – showing you
What’s deep inside your psyche –

Stuff you normally hide
With makeup and plastic surgery,
With masks you wear
To resist germs and cooties
That seek to enter your body.

There are paintings that are neither
Transparent nor reflective.
Those that can’t do, teach.

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