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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


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