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Henri Matisse

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France where the skies were gray

And the days were cold

And you wanted color and light

And sun,

And your mother, to brighten your days,

Painted plates to hang on the walls

With pictures of meadows and trees,

Rivers and birds,

And she let you mix the colors of paint…

… And you raised Pigeons

Watching their sharp eyes
And red feet,

And their colors that changed with the light
As they moved…

… Would it be a surprise that you became
A fine painter who painted
Light
and
Movement

And the iridescence of birds?

By Miss Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah grew up in Kenya.
She is the author of the poetry collection, 'My six little fears' released on Sep 18, 2020.
Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. These works include: Poems and Short stories in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Active Muse-India and Bodies and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal.

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