Dancing Flowers | David Wiley | Scene4 Magazine | May 2020 | www.scene4.com

Dancing Flowers


The Art of David Wiley


An Artist’s Instruction to Himself

Let nothing that seems to be remain
if it isn’t what it really is.
Shade all the white parts, columns
and sidewalks, ledges and lintels,
the dancer’s eyes after blinking.

Darken leaves of bushes, balcony,
tether rings and poles; lighten space
under the door, green in the water.
Open the sky a little more
so the sun can
freely maneuver.

Raise the angel’s wings higher, lengthen
the bridge; blend the seams
in the flat places. Whatever
must be done do it
now before the light vanishes. 

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David Wiley, painter-poet: graduate of U. Kansas; studied at Mexico City College and with artist Ignacio Belen in Barcelona. Widely traveled, he exhibits throughout California and abroad. Wiley has published two volumes of poetry: Designs for a Utopian Zoo (1992) and The Face of Creation (1996). Since 2005, Wiley has received large mural commissions in Arizona, Mexico and California. Wiley is a longtime contributor to Scene4 : paintings, poems, meditations on art, creative fiction and non-fiction. To inquire about his paintings, click here.
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