UNcertain Weather" is a work which on the surface appears to be an abstract of trees in a storm but in reality says much more….the poem tells a story of something quite different lying under the surface of what appears to be a poem about the weather…read it very carefully..

Watercolour on Arches Paper

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Insulated emotions render
the discussion of the current crisis
nothing more than
small talk about the weather

The winds long ago whipped
the leaves from this tree
leaving tattered limbs
silhouetted against
a twisted sky

Grays, blues, whites
flashes of light and
an exaggerated startle to
the sounds of life

The crackle of
leaves under feet
causes fright when
the footsteps belong to
prospective lovers of night

Dark eyes pierce blue,
spotlights shining into
an eternal shadow that
warps light, shapes
days of confusion

Questioning the velocity of
the wind at night
and average rainfall amounts,
as reported by
an interested observer,
is skewed

There is no objectivity when
distorted hours
tick away into seasons
obscured by a stormy past and
threatening weather

The bark toughens,
hardened soil holds upright
the leafless tree,
she bears no fruit,
stands alone,
roots unseen

Hours and seasons become
irrelevant in a climate where
variations in temperature
cannot affect
the unexposed life

A smile on a sunny day,
a shield against oneself,
concealed realities,
a guarded defense in
uncertain weather

Stability captured in
truth imprisoned by
decaying leaves,
a tell-tale sign of
hostile storms and
approaching winter

There, in a heap,
at the end of the alley
the leaves have gathered,
a favorite hiding place
for a blue-eyed child
who quietly wonders
if anyone will ever
come with a rake
and disturb her
fragile peace
. B.R. Duquette…

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 6 years ago

    The winds long ago whipped
    the leaves from this tree
    leaving tattered limbs
    silhouetted against
    a twisted sky

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulalmost 6 years ago

    Mysterious. Powerful composition. Vivid. Lyrical.

  • Now that there are a few comments you will be able to read the whole poem…that is the only problem with posting verse or lyrics along with a painting…I wish something could be done about it…the words here are extremely powerful, and I’m glad you will be able to see the whole poem in it’s entirety…thank you so much Michael for your insightful comment..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Dawn Kwasny
    Dawn Kwasnyalmost 6 years ago

    wow this is really very powerful I loved it!

  • Thank you so much Dawn…I’m so glad this reasonated with you..the verse is an important part of the whole and now you’ll be able to read it all..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful imagery and colour, a real impressionist painting, beautifully done. hugsxxx (those trees and surroundings are masterful)xxx

  • Thank you so much Hilary…the words are about healing and I tried to evoke the imagery expressed in the verse in the painting…from your comment I think I succeeded….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    Janis, another beautiful work from you. Excellent as always. – Cora

  • Thank you so much Cora…I’m glad you will be able to read the writing now as it is very a very powerful narrative about healing…I’m so pleased you like the painting…I wanted to do something that was still recognizable but not too realistic so as to
    take away from the words…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • moonchild
    moonchildalmost 6 years ago

    looks like its on fire! beautiful colors

  • Thank you so much and welcome Carrie….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Elleralmost 6 years ago

    Very beautiful, striking colors and contrast. Reminds me of a fire in the forest.

  • Thank you so much…I’m glad you like it.

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

    okay Janis this appears to be very uncertain……….who knows what the weather will be like ……
    You compliment mother nature so well………..

  • I know at least today, for right now we are in the midst of a snow storm and when it’s over by Sunday we will have received 50cm of snow…but next week it’s really UNcertain… :)) thank you so much KJ…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

    Here In the Valley of the Sun it has been rainy and cold lately……
    We seem to get the storms that California gets only a day later…..
    In the northern part of Arizona they have had snow for 3 dayz already……..About 3 feet ………
    The Snow Bowl in Flagstaff opened today……….for skiiing………….
    too bad…………………..I only water ski…………….
    The mountains surrounding the valley hap snow caps…..simple beautiful…………..

  • Oh Oh!!…you might get a little of the white stuff where you are if I pray for it…shall I?…then you’ll know a bit of what I’m going through right now…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

    sure go for it…………..let us see what the power of prayer can do………
    And I will send powerful energy for warmth for you …………….if only in your heart…………

  • Flatterer!!…

    – © Janis Zroback

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