All In

 



“An artist’s life and work are not just a gift to mankind;
they are its necessity.”
  —Toni Morrison

—for E.W.

A true artist is 
all in
…………. When an artist is all in 
she’s in for all
………………………..….. Elise
……… was all-in

all in to bring a thought to light,
maybe the isness of a star-struck serpentine cuff 
or a blossoming 
brooch

It’s near mysterious how this 
brilliant new thing becomes
            how it was dreamt into being
            with meticulous care
                        how it was formed 
                        exquisitely

To draw from mind a passionately new articulation
can only come from the first passion of its maker
to find the means to bring the thought forth:
to form the clay of it, then infuse it
with the spectral light of sun:
            scarlet sparks
           …. verdant relaxations
          ……… cool blues
……………………  the faithful silver of moon
             and gold glowing from the lush 
………  ….5-petaled mandala 
……..  ……….of a brooch

An artist who’s gone all in
to harvest a thought by imagination
as if it must be touched, seen,
and perhaps pinned over a beating heart
will be recalled for her passion
for sharing the beauty of a thing she imagined, 
made and, having been in for all, given

Jim Culleny
2/13/19

Elise Winters

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