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Oakwood Cemetery ...

the painter stands by his easel,

looking at his canvas,

studying the shaded landscape before him;

a brook-fed pond covered in floating lily-pads,

rolling woods dotted here and there with headstones.

Ready to pack up - the work complete,

when like an automaton

he mixes several colors on the palette,

selects a brush and begins to paint;

adding the outline of a stone arch bridge

spanning over the hollow,

filling the rails with repeating fleur-de-lys designs;

while beneath the fringes of overgrowth,

the remains of ancient abutments lay eroding,

unknown to the painter.

Story by:

Alec B Kowalczyk

submitted at 11:52pm

29 June 2010