The Painting Lesson, and a Prayer
Two women in hats,
feet solidly planted in the damp grass,
lean toward a canvas
propped against an easel.
One woman dabs intently with a brush,
the other looks out at the ocean,
then makes a staccato gesture--
here, here, and there--
with two fingers,
pointing to an outcropping of rock.
They consider the horizon,
then regard the painting in progress.
There is both lightness and gravity
in the way they work.
God of all
for the rough loveliness
for whatever it is--
spark, soul, or instinct--
that makes humans
want to make beauty