At a

Public Grain Elevator in New Orleans

                    there are

Eighteen Colors—

          Ochre with a Black Window,

          Green Painting #2,

          other strange objects connected

less in this world to life

than to understanding's decorated failure


Compote, Bread and Cheese


Still Life with Glass and Lemon

(oh how this is a sour, drowning

          world—don’t you see this bizarre

          cloud of colors?)

Arch, The Upstairs, Cross Cut, Wheel.

          They are, as always,

Sheep and Shepards, Evening Light, Plan M-4


James S. Proffitt