Leigh Faulkner

Education changes everything...

Young Woman and Snow
— Painting by Kenneth MacIntosh, April, 1978

Weak light, heavy shadows of the winter afternoon;
stark brick wall and dark windows of the university building.
Young woman of the Caribbean,
did you ever imagine yourself in a painting like this?

snow
mittens
holding, shaping
uncertain vision

brush strokes in the lucent oil
radiant highlights
texture to touch
and trace with eye and fingertip

smile? or concentration?
radiant? or resigned?
No, she could never have imagined herself here.

From a position out near the sun,
I suppose that all this is inconsequential.

(January 29, 2016)