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Gary Charles Wilkens

Jennifer Paints

She wants a pear on wheels—
mauve, blue, rose,
cruising gentle women's hands
and chins she adores.
She wants a lemon with wings—
yellow, amber, gold,
flying rounded clouds
of girlish hips and parted
lips she loves.
She wants a banana that floats—
emerald, pearl, lapis lazuli,
sailing seas of female eye
up and down on waves
of the curves she craves.

Jennifer in England

London is grainy green-gray—
she savors its color under
spilled paint clouds
as she walks back

to 29 Brettenham, its cream walls
and watercolored air.
She sets the brown bag
on the counter and clicks on
a weak bulb that barely beats
the black into the corners.

She sighs at the barren fridge—
she has made her choice.
She tumbles oil paint jars
onto the smeared countertop.

Taking a salvaged canvas she
gives it a lean and hungry look.
She places it against the wall,
takes two brushes in hand,
and turns the last grocery money
into color.

©2005 by Gary Wilkens

Gary Charles Wilkens studies creative writing at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His poems have appeared in print and online journals, including The Texas Review,The Anemone Sidecar, The Adirondack Review, The Cortland Review, Hinge,The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Snakeskin, Pemmican, Underground Window, and Prairie Poetry. See more of his work at his Web site.

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