Face 1/Face 2 (a poem)

Inspired by some of the works on display at Gallery Onyx as part of the Onyx Fine Arts Collective’s 13th annual exhibit, Art ’n Soul: A Celebration of Black Joy

They are not faces

They are paint on canvas
            brushed
            dabbed
            scraped
            splattered
            splashed
            smoothed
            swirled

            in

            black
            blue
            grey
            yellow
            green
            magenta

They are faces
            close-up
            from afar

Looking ahead
            askance
            to the sky
            to the horizon

            in

            serenity
            sadness
            smiles
            contemplation
            worry
            joy

Eye to eye
no place to hide

Return their gaze

(13 July 2018)