Acrylic on canvas

16" x 12"


Inspired by the poem "Cycles of Change"  by Debra Friedkin





We rallied round an evening barbecue 

like a prehistoric tribe partaking of the hunt spoils;

post Fourth of July, the dog on his outdoor run

barked at errant firecrackers.


We splintered into subgroups

aware that relatives cannot be chosen;

smoldering coal smoke hastened the darkness

so we lifted our voices to push back the night.


Sitting in webbed chairs we lit citronella candles

and raised beer bottles to the stars;

clouds above our heads danced across the full moon

the wind below dispersed our conversations capriciously.


Funny how one has no sensation

of the movement of time slipping forward;

that moonlit night I saw my generation infiltrating 

my parents reign, while my children ripened.


—  © Debra Friedkin





"Cycles of Change" Joanne Pagano Weber


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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