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What's left of his art is scattered in the apartment as if too heavy to hang – water colors of a barn-red outbuilding beyond the fence post, a cabbage in the garden, a bluebird box at the end of winter, and oils too, of flowers, orchids mainly.
His favorite medium was stained glass. He bent pieces in his workshop to make tulips and cut the colors so it would always be spring. Only one lamp remains, the others given away when he down-sized.
the short night —
a painter applies
the first coat of white
Originally published in Haibun Today, July 17, 2008.