Still Life with Cookie Tin Painting

Resistance like
red spring poppies
under a pristine town

a river painted with
black where the depths
reach up

Cypresses spindle up
from a country house
white walls

Vague clouds of trees
the bed of poppies
leaping out like

a three-dimensional creature
from the flatness of
Idyllic Town, Europe

A road — a creek —
swerves toward the house
into the knotted cypresses

We ask ourselves
how long

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