by artist/author Susan Van Sleet from Beyond the Canvas
The following poem & painting titled "Daisy" is from a book called Canvas Emotions ...The Art of Therapy.
"Daisy" is the first in a series of more than two-dozen original works depicting a little girl who "grew up on canvas". Created by a birthmother following placement of her daughter through a closed adoption in 1966, the paintings span a twenty-six year period that ended in 1993. In April of that year, a mother and her estranged daughter were reunited. Needed closure became reality. Brushes, paints and canvas were set aside ... there have been no more "portraits".
She loves me, she loves me not Hair tied up in a little French knot
I imagined the kisses her mommy gave ...And in thought I kissed her that very same way
Did she have a pudgy angel's face Was she blond and blue-eyed and full of grace?
The paint would dry in softest blend Then for the moment my heart would mend
As I slowly plucked petals one by one I envisioned her own tiny fingers and thumbs
I painted her in just that way I wonder if she picked a daisy that day?