from the ashes

What is paint but powder.

What is a painting but an object on the wall,

An image of flowers or a fish.

The object of the image is not there,

It is an illusion,

It is an abstraction.


If you substitute the pigment with ash

From a cremated object, a fish, and
Render the image with the object itself,

Is it then an abstraction or a fish?


And is this fish just an animal swimming in the sea, or
Is it also food on my table,
Life giving,
Becoming part of me,

Who I am.

Am I part fish?


What is a person but flesh and blood.

Do I also provide sustenance in my shadow,

In the footprint of my time?


What do I give,

Leave behind,