Clean Slate

I take a purposefully deep breathe
It expands my lungs and fills me with life
Shoulders rolled back and head held high
My spine stretches with anticipation
An unseen puppeteer draws me upward
Tall, strong and full of pride

My toes wriggle on the plastic underneath
Crinkling softly over the wooden floors
Its solid coolness a reassuring link
To the world around me
Anchoring me here
While my soul extends into the ether

My fingers curl gently around my weapon
A tattered paintbrush which brandishes
The scars of many battles over the years
Remnants of years gone by
Yellow, blue, red and purple cling to its handle
Each colour a different era in my life

Now a pure white hugs the worn bristles
It oozes seductively downwards
Until a single drip plummets to the floor
Spraying my bare feet
And again
Toes wriggling, plastic crinkling

A cool breeze rushes through the open window
And I shiver
The world breathes life into this white cube
These four white walls
Where anything is possible
And a new era can begin

The breeze carries a distant melody with it
And inadvertently I begin to sway
The dulcet tones romance me
And my body vibrates in reply
Without knowing I have created my first memory
To fill this empty white room

This is my clean slate
My fresh start to new horizons
I am an obelisk channeling the energy around me
Welcoming the world to write on my wall
Lips twitch into a coy smile
And I am ready to write my story anew

Clean Slate


Townsville, Australia

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Artist's Description

We should spend the first day of each new year as we wish to live the rest of it. May you dance wildly, sing off-key, find friends in strangers and love with utter abandon. Happy New Year!

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  • Ushna Sardar
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