Sterile

A paintress and a canvas –
Ivory black for the desolate man on the right,
A background brush and cerulean blue,
Some cadmium red, yellow and orange,
For a lugubrious sunset in the centre.
Several perfectly achieved brushstrokes
Of Cremnitz white,
For a slight glow around the man.
A trifle of Van Dyke brown and vermillion hue
For the dead tree on the left.
A blender brush, some raw sienna, burnt umber,
And the landscape brushes for the overpainting
Of a forlorn scenery.
A paintress and a canvas –
Her expressionist tableau,
A lighter and a feeling of warmth
Her picture of transience,
Some natural light effects
For a still life and
A failed work of New Sobriety.

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