A whisper:

“Shall I give her a name,

or leave her alone

with the name her parents wrote?”


To me, she is The Robbin,

a paintbrush for travellers,

a studio on two vastless legs

of berry-blood & mineral shavings


that stand inland

from the coast of north California,

most days,

these days.


This is a still life.

An abstract painting

that deserves more details



Let me put a cat

– I call her The Molly Cat –

in the bottom left-hand corner,

next to The Book of Rilke,



the way Vermeer

placed his Geographer’s Globe

by latticed glass.


Today, I’m shoving a glistening damp canvas

out of the way

into the background

to show my subject’s still alive.


There’s more to this work of art.

This unfinished symphony

This half-arsed hommage

To My Robbin …


Note: The photo was taken by California painter and studio artist. Robbin T. Milne Dancing Denizens: In Search of Enki, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 60″x82″

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Paul O'Mahony

I'm Paul O'Mahony (Poet). On Twitter you can reach me @Omaniblog A father. I work as business storytelling consultant - Podcaster - Blogger - Live streamer via Periscope - Foodie - I love to connect with people. . Live in Glanmire, Cork Ireland Europe

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