Painting Water

Painting Water

I paint the water of my home
I paint the land and the water
I paint a bridge and the water flows under it

When I paint the calm water
The noise of the world grows quiet
The volume’s turned down

I start with the colour and let it flow
blues and greens trickle into streams
wash into lakes
wave into oceans

Painting water is a freeing feeling
start with the colour and let it flow
splash
trickle
rain
falls
flows

Colour washes over me
through me
Into me
I am bathing baby
Fishing in the Indian Ocean
Whale watching on the shores of childhood memories
Sitting on the banks of the Niger Delta
I am a boat man
Feeling the force of waterfalls in Eritrea, Congo, Mauritius
Painting water is a freeing feeling
Start with the colour and let it  flow