by Mitchell Browder

Paint is a delightful poem about one man's attempt to paint a picture of the sea. As he realises he is not very good at painting, despite having the right tools, he decides to paint a picture in your imagination instead.


I picked up a brush 
and 80 bucks worth of paint
after a few tries, I know
that kind of artist I ain't

So I will paint a picture
in your head
with the words 
that I write instead

I'll start with the sky...
use your imagination
blue, blue like 
the first day of summer vacation

Next is the grass
tall and green
the breeze makes it wave
and the sun makes it sheen

Just beyond the grass 
are the sand dunes
and just above that
a seagull looms

The air is sweet 
with the scent of the ocean
and the coconut in my suntan lotion

The sun is warn 
and bright
I have to squint to see
that little boy's kite

I crest the dune
and there is the sea
the waves crash and foam
and softly roar at me

I wade in, it is quite cold
now let's sign this in the sand
where the waves hit the shore
and sea meets the air and the land

Now step back and look 
what a wonderful view
and the canvas can go wherever
because it is in you