Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 Poetry |

I Paint My Bad Painting

                  Hawaii, 1993-94 The usual accident—blue wash on red goes purple while swimmers move beyond mein the water, down there against the bay'swhite rush. They prayfor something threatening. I knowthey do. But probably not the plane, flying sideways just beyond their looking up. They miss a wave like that, looking up.        Afternoon. It's gettinghotter though the ironwoods above me release their shade. It's branch by branch. Still, howbeit slowly, the sun takes holdof half the body—one arm, one leg— and does its bleaching thing, unambiguous, bloodless.      Say perhaps: I have hopes, not many. A few, as in a few good nights of sleep, or a fewstray thoughts, rag or paper or all the wayto bone. Now and then a no, a yes. This painting doesn't have enough no in it, I can hear the phantom teacher saying as she gazes past it, out that window years ago where someone expertly stole some poor kid's bike: quick

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