ruby throated & hungry

ruby-throated + hungry, 36x36, acrylic, marker, and chalk pastel on canvas.jpg
ruby-throated + hungry, 36x36, acrylic, marker, and chalk pastel on canvas.jpg

ruby throated & hungry

1,900.00
  • acrylic painting on 36x36 inch canvas

  • sealed, signed on the back, wired and ready to hang

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The title for this piece comes from two places — the bright breast of the Ruby-throated hummingbird, commonly seen in summer in the Eastern United States, and for a line in my poem, “Children of Women,” as published in Vertebrae by Dancing Girl Press in 2019—

Enigmatic as elbows
you are for me
like carrots and kale
purple-painted toes
and unswept slivers of glass —
small and overlooked
sharp as a morning mind.

I am here so you can learn to do for yourselves:
tenderly turn through books
hold a plate one hand on each side
your slight shoulders back
feet steady and slow
guiding with heels that base
not debase. Put your nose to my ear.

Let’s rehearse
those exquisite exhales
long and calm through the bends
of everyone else’s emotions
and it is work not to make it
all about us obsessed as we are with ourselves.
I know only what it is to be me —

ruby-throated and hungry
for someone with kind eyes
to listen. The first child to make it out
of our mother’s womb alive.