Koi, watercolor and acrylic glazes on Yupo
I know, everyone paints koi. But I wanted to try something watery for this plastic surface. A local garden shop has a koi pond in their greenhouse, and on bitter cold days, sometimes I walk there among the houseplants, and sit to watch the fish.
by Amanda Jernigan
My little lack-of-light, my swaddled soul,
December baby. Hush for it is dark,
and will grow darker still. We must embark
directly. Bring an orange as the toll
for Charon: he will be our gondolier.
Upon the shore, the season pans for light,
and solstice fish, their eyes gone milky white,
come bearing riches for the dying year:
Solstitial kingdom. It is yours, the mime
of branches and the drift of snow. With shaking
hands, Persephone, the winter's wife,
will tender you a gift. Born in a time
of darkness, you will learn the trick of making.
You shall make your consolation all your life.