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Wes Civilz

The Glass Vase

Deep Pathos by Paul Klee

The glass vase and its water are colorless as air

See-through, except
for one blue shocking tulip

The green stalk splits
in two at the waterline

Illusion’s tender blip


No one thinks I suffer

She doesn’t think I suffer

That thing doesn’t think I suffer,
that vase with its
blue tulip

About the writer:
Wes Civilz lives in Vermont. His writing has appeared in journals such as The Antioch Review, Arts & Letters, The Threepenny Review, Entropy and New Ohio Review.

Image: Deep Pathos by Paul Klee (1879-1940). Gouache and watercolor on paper mounted on cardboard. 23.5 x 29.2 inches. 1915. Public domain.

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