I will create my own pigments
splash them on the walls
paint murals with my fingers
up and down the halls

I will paint over the mirrors
create scenes in which I’ll dream
Wyeth and Monet-esque canvases
recolor reality and redraw its theme

I will tear down the curtains
paint a brand new sun
on the glass of the windows
so the night will come undone

Darkness will never find me
I’ll be safe within this place
hidden by the pigments
now painted on my face

I will blend into the colors
meld into the lines
disappear into the paintings
become one of my designs

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


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