Beauty Out of Darkness

Leslie Gustafson

Castle Rock, United States

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Beauty Out of Darkness

I know not how I came to be
From such enigmas that I see
Of a formless void
Filled with fright
Yet into a molded, shape I flee
Made just for me?

I know not how I came to be
For despair seems to mark the path behind
As if the hollow in the log
Gives breath to the skin that surrounds
How easy to believe that emptiness I find
Matters most?

I know not how I came to be
But as I am I need to see
I live defined by some nameless call
A voice that tells me I’m simply more
Than the abyss I left for another life
And beckons me to be its own?

I know not how I came to be
Yet I emerge from the careless nothing
Forged into a beyond complete
Out of the darkness that scares me most
And begin to see
The colors that surround me may be me?

I know not how I came to be
And now the beauty I see in limbs so thin
Become my new before
As I must grow into the creature I’ve been blessed to be
That flies with colored wings
Someday laughing at the bleak I once could only see?

For I know not how I came to be
But out of darkness beauty I see
That it must be me
This Beauty I see
It must be me?
It must be me.

Doug Gustafson

My translation of Adam Bykowski’s stunning photograph Here I Am. for the Solo Exhibition’s Minimalism Workshop. Thank you so much Adam!

19 1/2 × 25 1/2 Pastel on Colourfix Board

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