of Sennelier ultramarine blue,
now twice a year a catalog
of artistic materials arrives.
baptized as Elephant Ears,
Sea Wool, and Sea Silk?
Or do I desire a plein air landscape set?
I'll set up my easel on a granite rock
and paint headstrong ocean waves.
My brush—sable hair
from the tail of a Siberian marten.
Do I smudge my artwork?
Does my hand temper
the wave into a ripple?
A mahlstick will steady my hand—
but what paper will hold my waves?
Thai lace paper of hemp and mulberry?
Lama Li from Nepal
made with bark from the Lokta bush
or dead white paper impressed with a watermark
like the water mark
my waves leave on granite rocks?
Linda Watskin ©2010