My eyes…accented in sorrow…witness turmoil on the streets below.
Blurred images of mad men clenching their fists.
Flashes of burnt umber are sporadically cast upon my wall… the city is emblazed in deliberate destruction
by the masses.
Muffled reverberations of inaudible hypnotic chants fill my room.
Rumors of war are no more…Speculation ousted by declaration.
I sit…securely encased by four walls, above the chaos, the imminent danger.
These four walls…a safe haven…my den of sanctity…my art studio.
From my chosen entombment, I peer out the window at the angry amorphous mob down below, they
are multi-colored specks, a palette of enraged humanity, a microscopic version of the palette I hold in
my left hand.
I study my palette…my eyes behold a symphony of diverse colors, harmoniously positioned.
As I begin to blend the colors a song softly play in my head… a hymn wrought in artistic inspiration …
I am at peace…for just a moment…
I listen, but sadness fills my soul, for I realize that the war infested human palette down below is bellowing and begging, in desperate need of song, a hymn of compassion, understanding, respect.
If only…with palette knife and brush, I could orchestrate , lead them in such a song, blend a peaceful and everlasting chant and create a permanent cease fire for all the multi-colored specks engaged in war with one another… with themselves..
Patricia Rossi is an attorney, freelance artist and writer. Her poetry and prose have been featured in Long Island magazines, Poetry Haiku and the Boston Literary. Her personal essays have been published in major New York newspapers. One of her academic papers was selected for publication and will appear in print in the fall of 2015. One of her poems was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Patricia leads a variety of creative writing workshops including workshops specifically for cancer survivors and workshops for individuals coping with their own illness and/or the illness of a family member.
Patricia is the proud recipient of a number of New York State funded individual artist grants. Patricia has utilized the grant monies to create and implement writing empowerment workshops exclusively for women in underserved communities in Nassau County, New York. She also serves on the board of a number of Long Island based not for profits. Patricia lives on Long Island with her husband Ed and their adorable pup, Flanagan.