This Cold January Night

Sirius is looking straight up at Orion,

wondering why he’s not in the hunt.

He wants to run the ice and snow.

He wants to please the heroic hunter,

and leave this underworld above the Earth.




A new year is drawn but shows

days recently erased still beneath.  It’s repentance.

It has a long life. It bleeds

through the new work, day, life

and haunts the wet, freshly painted present.


Blue Room

Picasso’s 1901 Blue Period painting The Blue Room under infrared imaging revealed another portrait underneath the room scene. This pentimento is a bearded man in formal wear wearing a number of rings on his fingers. Did Pablo run out of money for a new canvas, or did he regret what he had painted?