The Limits of Distemper

How Life Is (2016) – Fallen branches, rope, paint. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso

As I looked backward

from the last car of the train

and saw with perspective

ruin victorious

about the plain

through charred remains

of once verdant promise

I saw the brightest color

that ever was made.


How life is

is life like this

a shock of meaning

among the lurid ennui

and a color

where only yesterday lay

some muddy branches

and the drab of decay.


The baby is born

and the longing ceases.

Sometimes you hear one voice

in a crowd

and the moment is ceaseless.


Danny Grosso





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