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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Love in Blue (poem and painting)

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Love in Blue
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

love in blue is love that’s true

love that’s deep

love that’s new

love that frees

love that soothes

love that sees

love in blue, that’s what it is

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Lazy Afternoon (poem and painting)

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Lazy Afternoon
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

what can be better than a good lazy afternoon

reclining, relaxing, revitalizing

recalling, remembering, reminiscing

recovered, rested, restored, revived

renewed from au naturel afternoon

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Company (poem and painting)

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Company
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

everyone knows two is company

you can spend a day in harmony

talk or silence won’t matter at all

just having you there as close as can be

is the perfect way to share your company

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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The Fast Lane (poem and painting)

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The Fast Lane
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

What do you see in the fast lane?

zipping images through a window pane

faceless people who have no names

you don’t see anything in the fast lane

What do you feel in the fast lane?

daring, challenge, anger, pain

fast and flowing, you can’t complain

there’s only stress when you’re in the fast lane

What do you get in the fast lane?

heat, smoke, dust, nothing to gain

excitement, tension, a driver’s bane

rest is eternal in the fast lane

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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