Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Learning to Paint at Age 45

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The goats on the canvas could be cows.
Look at their udders.

My son comes in; he points and laughs;
he wants to know what they are.

I ask him to tell me what they look like.
His answer is how I'll decide.

His shrug tells me I should have gone abstract.
I imagine loading a brush, dropping paint

in patterns found in city landscapes or nature.
Cerulean peaks could be mountains

or a sofa, or even breasts. In abstract paintings,
details can be omitted. In other words,

you can leave off the nipples and still have breasts.
And they can be blue.

Jayne Pupek is the author of one book of poems, Forms of Intercession (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her first novel, Tomato Girl, will be published by Algonquin Books in the fall of 2008. She resides near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of animal companions.

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