Tanka # 50 – to Sarah

Painting by Sarah Mhanna, early 2013
Painting by Sarah Mhanna, early 2013

Your painterly eyes…
the world a canvas
born of your sight,
a fluid river
of shadows and light.

Sarah’s last painting and the only one she dedicated to me. It was left unfinished, as all the other paintings gestating in her. Her presence transformed the world around her, transmuted it into art — this by her presence itself which was radiating, and by her fondness to transform everything around her into art and colour.

You once told me to live and be happy every day. Ah, to be Sarah-Joy, Sarah-Laughter.