God Paints

God paints the world with colored strokes,

with emerald and vermilion;

with asteroid bursts and nebulae;

with textured tapestries of plants,

with vine-twined veins of chlorophyll;

the thump and throb of pumping life.

God paints the world with colored strokes

with onyx stones and coal dust;

with dusky shade from cypress trees;

with layered grey and sepia;

with shadowed faces, glass-drop tears,

the smear and sting of certain loss.

God paints the world with colored strokes,

but sometimes paints in sketches—

with ha…half formed lines and

color trails of incomplete…

Severed masterworks.

sad groaning of delayed suspense

God paints the world with colored strokes,

with orpiment and azure;

with teeming cells and bursting suns;

with streaks of silver, specks of white;

with paint-swirled spray of ocean foam:

the pulse and throb of earnest praise.

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