We each sit in the silence,
punctuated by the scrape of canvas,
and while it takes a while
for me to hear you,
to taste the essence of you,
slowly your aroma filters through
and I cease to see your flesh and instead
I see the palette of you,
embedded in the greying of you,
waiting for this, this view,
this interpretation of you,
while you sit in your steady state
of quiet undress
One of five poems written by Steve Page in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2019.
The painting is entitled Silent conversation, by the artist and © Paola Fraccitti. Poem © Steve Page: for permission to re-use contact email@example.com.