Sweeps of sky blue
on silver canvas I paint
with streaks of crimson
mellowed by sunset hues.
Swirling cloud elephants,
springing tigers and dolphins,
across sunlit space
with freak figures swinging.
reflected in perfumed crystalline waters,
overflows in pleited golden dome
inset with many a celestial scene.
Moonlit pastures, starlit lakes,
unending rose valleys,
long-forgotten spiked depths of hills,
cloud shadows on the skyline.
All rising at the end of a trial :
weedy clumps, saggy hillocks,
yellow plains dotted by beaks and wing-whirls
and interlocking clusters of trees,
silhouetted against the sky.