Paint me

Paint me boldly

in shades of curiosity

and deepening hues

of becoming.


Paint my lips the color

of dare-me red

and dress me in a gown

of summer night rain.


Leave no room for confusion,

only space for wonder.


Paint me as I move

to the rhythm of thaw

and the pulse of revival.


Paint me in this moment

for what it can be -

A touchstone

should I slip back

into the desolate then

and need help returning

to the shimmering now.


- Lauren Taub Cohen