cicada haiku <br>34½ x 24½

cicada haiku
34½ x 24½

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based on a poem by Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694):

of an early death
showing no sign
the cicada sings

tree of life: aztec madonna <br>18 x 24

tree of life: aztec madonna
18 x 24

private collection
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ancestors <br>18 x 24

ancestors
18 x 24

private collection

ancestors by Harvey Ellis

my ancestors surround me
like walls of a canyon
quiet
stone hard
their ideas drift over me
like breezes at sunset

we gather sticks
and make settlements
what we do is only partly our own
and partly continuation
down through the chromosomes

my son
my baby sleeps behind me
stirring in the night
for the touch
that lets him continue

he is arranging
in his small form the furniture
and windows of his home

it will be a lot like mine
it will be a lot like theirs

pope joan <br>17 x 18

pope joan
17 x 18

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Pope Joan by Carol Ann Duffy

After I learned to transubstantiate
unleavened bread
into the sacred host

and swung the burning frankincense
till blue-green snakes of smoke
coiled round the hem of my robe

and swayed through those fervent crowds,
high up in a papal chair,
blessing and blessing the air,

nearer to heaven
than cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests,
being Vicar of Rome,

having made the Vatican my home,
like the best of men,
in nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti amen,

but twice as virtuous as them,
I came to believe
that I did not believe a word,

so I tell you now,
daughters or brides of the Lord,
that the closest I felt
to the power of God
was the sense of a hand
lifting me, flinging me down,

lifting me, flinging me down,
as my baby pushed out
from between my legs

Where I lay in the road
In my miracle,
not a man or a pope at all.

holy cow pray for us <br>35 x 27

holy cow pray for us
35 x 27

satan's gate <br>21 x 25

satan's gate
21 x 25

tree of life: hibiscus madonna <br>19 x 23

tree of life: hibiscus madonna
19 x 23

there is a crack in everything<br> (that's how the light gets in) <br>27 x 27

there is a crack in everything
(that's how the light gets in)
27 x 27

madonna x 4 <br>29 x 29

madonna x 4
29 x 29