joy’s new day

degas man

Degas

The person held more self-assured
The soul dissolves in vain absurd
The heart awakens in clarity’s gaze
The personal joy in newborn days

(c) 2017 rick stassi

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bluer skies

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Manet

Panning west with
eyes of rust
seeking closure in
crimson trust
rest awaits in
hallowed clouds
as God Himself
harvests fields plowed
the west is where
life must end
and rotation controls
all light to send
and when at last
I close my eyes
God awakens me
in bluer skies.

(c) 2017 rick stassi