Kerrie O’Brien

Matisse

 

had no time for twilight
when he could no longer walk
they gave him long bamboo
to keep painting up high
his last shapes
and cut-outs
so simple
you’d think them
the marks of a madman
or child.
so joyful
they move –
his blue acrobat
leaps on my wall.
that yearning
still
that undying need
to create to
sum it all up
in one final work
screaming look look
I am done.
we are never
done
nothing linear
nothing ever over
my whole life –
fireflies
in circles.
I always remember
that first sight –
I couldn’t keep
my eyes off
I wanted
to be close
and love
fuelled through
my body
rose hot
and lit me up –
I hope the last thought
I have of you
is the same as
the first

 

Kerrie O’ Brien is a writer from Dublin. She is currently working on her debut collection of poetry Illuminate. She has been shortlisted for the Penny Dreadful Novella Prize the results of which will be announced at the end of January. Visit http://www.kerrieobrien.com  for more.