Dance of Joy (poem and painting)

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Dance of Joy
watercolour on paper
11″x15″

when you’re happy and you know it

throw your hands up

in the air and just show it

kick your leg up

high behind and then swing it

twirl about and spin

around and just love it

when you’re excited and can’t hide it

throw your body back

and forth and then shake it

sway your hips around

in circles and then twist it

bite your tongue and hold it in

then break loose what’s in and dance it

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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Black Mood (poem and painting)

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Black Mood
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

i’m in a black mood

can’t you tell?

with a shade of purple

in there as well

when i’m all knotted up

i start to see red

cross me if you dare

if you want to be dead

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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Spring to Fall (poem and painting)

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Spring to Fall
watercolour on corrugated cardboard
12″x15″

 

does Spring spring to Fall

or does Spring fall?

do you fall when you spring

or do you spring when you fall?

can you spring on springs

and not fall or do you fall?

it’s all a pun on nature

and that’s au naturel

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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Blue Concerto on a Green Planet (poem and painting)

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Blue Concerto on a Green Planet
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

when blue spirits frolic

in the green planet

taking over the environs

they blend, create havoc

seeping through elements

tinting all conditions

nurturing all of nature

ensuring life ever after

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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Masks (poem and painting)

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Masks
mixed media on paper
12″x18″

pink is a pretentious color

not bright or passionate or splashy like red

pink is a frivolous color

not mysterious or deep or rich like purple

pink is a playful color

not serious or intent or thoughtful like indigo

pink is a wanton color

not quiet or peaceful or calm like blue

pink is a pallid color

not vivid or living or fertile like green

pink is a deceptive color

not clear or truthful or honest like yellow

pink is a mask that people wear

a deception some like but others can’t bear

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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Labandera (Laundrywoman) (poem and painting)

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Labandera (Laundrywoman)
watercolour on paper
12″x18″
(sold)

humble maid at a humble job

weary, weakened and hunched

haunched over her task

taking care all she can

taking time so spare her tired hands

a kink in the hose

the water stops flowing

but that doesn’t stop her

there’s no time for resting

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Twined (poem and painting)

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Twined
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

twined together two totalities

twist tempting tantalizing

taut throughout temperature tormenting

tarrying teasingly torsos tangling

torrid taunting tempestuous tangoing

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Kiss (poem and painting)

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Kiss
watercolour and lipstick on paper
12″x18″

what’s in a kiss?

a certain kind of bliss

the answer to a wish

a reason to exist

that’s all in a kiss

there’s more to a kiss

things we usually miss

kinaesthetically intensely sexually sensual

kaleidoscopically insanely stupendously splintered

connection instigating saturnalian sensation

calm inspiring sublime serenity

things in a kiss we usually miss

that’s what makes much more to a kiss

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Sunflowers (poem and painting)

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Sunflowers
watercolour on paper
11″x15″

all across the fields in summer

sunflowers raise their heads

following the sun’s unmatched splendour

challenging Horus with golden crowns glowing

filling the island with bright gleaming orbs

millions of sunrises and millions of sunsets

the short-lived sunflowers

enrobe the red land

giving short-lived summer

the seasonal upper hand

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (poem and painting)

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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
watercolour on paper
11″x15″

silence in the old city

looking over the blue sea

ancient white buildings

in bright sunlight shimmering

do mossy walls keep

things out or things in?

does the silence mean peace?

do the buildings give rest?

are the mossy walls sound?

is there fun in Old San Juan?

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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