Tell Me What You See
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The Art of Serving - Elise Tomlinson

By Elise Tomlinson
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Tell me what you see: 

 Option 1 
 A beautiful woman, on her mark, 

 ready to run to New York and make 

 something of herself. 

 Whatever that means. 

 Option 2 
 A woman who finally looks 

 down and sees she’s standing 

 on water, a miracle that frightens 

 her so badly she wants to go mad. 

 If only she knew how. 

 Option 3 
 A careful woman, 

 who is gathering together 

 the pieces of her children, 

 her friends’ arguments, 

 her parent’s marriage. 

 Gathering gathering gathering. 

 Option 4 
 A pool of water, coolly refracting 

 light, a purple haze sunset, 

 and the hands of a woman 

 it could love, or not.    

  Emily Wall


paintings ©2000-2003 Elise Tomlinson, poems ©2000-2003 Emily Wall & Alexis Easley