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In Time & Art
by Howard Kaplan

This all happened between time & art,

in a painting, she viewed of a dancer

wearing a fruit basket hat of purple plums &

yellow bananas, while twirling

a long fashionable beaded dress.

He was performing a rain dance

to cover the dry land in warm water,

a colorful stained-glass sun overhead.


Among the glazed-eyed watchers,

guests crowded green velvet tables

adorned with gold filigree & treasures

of sculptured busts & ivory bosoms.

Food of plenty overflowed as

if spilling out of the ornate frame.

She admired the many shapes of pasta &

the diamond-patterned on the seared steak.


She was seduced by the large white pearls

worn by a red bird that perched on the shiny

grand piano while singing along with

the man's gliding fingers in harmony.

Watching the pianist's foot bouncing

between the sostenuto & damper pedals,

she wished to be the bird, &

contribute seeds for the orange soil.


She felt that she could be among it all &

call herself art.

Howard Kaplan is a poet and visual artist. Recently, his work has appeared in the online magazines SWAMP and Mad in America. He received a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida, and an M.Ed., and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, where he currently teaches. When he is not reading romance novels while listening to heavy metal, he can be found relaxing with his mini schnauzer Princess Leia, his wife Andrea, and daughters Hyla & Kinsey.

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