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Poems and Paintings

Poems and Paintings
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Editors Note: This week we have a special treat. Along with two poems by Elizabeth Potter, we also have the paintings that inspired them. It’s rare that we get to feature this kind of collaboration, so I hope you enjoy it.

Fog Bank

An apparition moves
when the sea desires company.

Restless with lapping at rock,
her longing lifts–

an aeroform gypsy…

She creeps up the banking,
curls in arches of ferns
breathing in their rooty darkness…

Then climbs slender necks of white birch,
tracing underside of branches;

they do not need eyes to know
it is her moving among them.

They understand the sea can move this way–
caress with spectral feathers cool and moist
and drift away as fast as she alights,

imparting a sheen to whatever she touches,
as if newly born.

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