Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pentimenti By Kay Ryan

It's not simply
that the top image
wears off or
goes translucent;
things underneath
come back up,
having enjoyed the
advantages of rest.
That's the hardest
part to bear, how
the decided-against
fattens one larger down,
free of the tests
applied to final choices.
In this morning,
for this painting,
for instance, see how
a third arm-
long ago repented
by the artist-
is revealed,
working a flap
into the surface
through which
who knows what
exiled cat or
extra child
might steal.

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