So Comes Love

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So Comes Love

let it go-the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise-let it go it
was sworn to
go
let them go-the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers-you must let them go they
were born
to go
let all go-the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things-let all go
dear
so comes love.

–e.e. cummings

Some days I don’t get to paint because work and life don’t permit a few unbroken hours at the easel. Still, inspiration is everywhere, and often it’s only later that I realize I encountered the source of a painting well before it came into being.

The e.e. cummings poem “let it go” inspired this painting from several years ago, sold to a man I never met who saw the piece at a show and had to have it. (I always wonder about the secret lives and relationships my paintings have after they’re adopted into new families).

Prior to this painting, I’d read the poem again and again, even posting it on my bathroom mirror.

When this woman came later,  she seemed to know the poem by heart.

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