I Have Come to Know the Rain

"I Have Come to Know the Rain"
30x40x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas,
completed 3/07

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My Unicorn, My Legend of Pegasus and Dolphins That Fly-I Have Come To Know the Rain


The Poem:


"I Have Come to Know The Rain"

My unicorn, my legend of pegasus
I climb on your back
my hands reach for your mane
the voyage is set.

I bring flowers
and fairies for comfort
for when my dream feels cold.

I've come to know the rain.
It is not enough to know that I am cleansed by it.
I want to see its breath
hold its message in my hand
lest I fall on other journeys.

I suspect you keep secrets
your words have become mere noise.
I don't believe your magic
just because you scream it.

All the children that I remember visit me.
No matter they are grown
I hear them playing.
Outside there are tokens
still
sunny days to play in.
I miss their laughter.

There are interruptions everywhere
they want to be understood.
I thought they would lie down
give up
but no.
They seem to be weary
but still measuring.

I am inclined to bargain against consequences.
I hold my own image up to the light
I am not as transparent as I thought.
I feel a huge relief
and yet
I am not sure of which foot to start with next.

I will maneuver my aim
invade my own existence
initiate a standard
for taking no prisoners.
I can feel myself still standing
with somber resolve
proclaiming victory over self
but never being clear on the final outcome
none the less.

I saw dolphins fly last night
twas an unusual sight to see.
It seems they had been called upon
to gather tokens from the oceans floor
gather up the magic of a mermaids charm.

'My' mermaids I ask?
Have they left my dream?

It is raining
and yet there are a few birds singing
I sit back
sip tea
and listen for them.
They sing the only words that I can count on.

It is not enough to understand consequences
the moon tells me this is so.
I fold up all prerequisites
put them in a closet
cover them with flowers I have met
and wait
for the shelter of rainy days.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

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Marguerite Mooradian 18 Feb 2010

such nice light! and rich colors! Beautiful

Roberta Pesce 30 Jul 2009

bellissimo!

Jarka Drechslerová 09 Jun 2008

Excellent painting, my compliment

Eddy collins 26 Oct 2007

Nice work

Artist Reply: Thank you Eddy Collins

Ruth Palmer 23 Sep 2007

Kathy, this is such a soft and beautifully emotional piece. The light just dances on her! Wonderful art!

Artist Reply: Thank you Ruth. She has a poem written on the back of the original canvas that I wrote. It is also posted on this site (Art Wanted) as well. My model Brina was a special 16 year old who let me in to see her private thoughts. When a model lets you see their vulnerable side, painting it comes easy.