A Tree’s Backbone

Unnoticed
Gray
Alone
Stark
Like the desert
Brown
Bleeding
Fibrous
Breaking up the clear blue sky
Unseen
Unknown
Unheard

Until a painter brings you a voice you didn’t know you needed

It takes a backbone to stay standing in the Redrock desert
It takes a backbone to be out here, alone
It takes a backbone to pierce the sky

It takes a backbone to stand and paint, under the hot autumn sun,

A lonely, dead tree
That refuses to fall down.

09/24/2014, written at dinner, while reflecting on a week of hard work

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“A Tree’s Backbone, from Hell’s Backbone Loop, 09/24/14” Paint Out, Escalante Canyons Art Festival, Utah 2014

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