The canvas doesn’t lie

So don’t be a pesky ‘lil fly

The canvas is my friend

On it my frustrations die


The paints on my brush

They quiet and they hush

My ever aching soul

My ever aching heart


Wet paint is my balm

To smooth out all the wrinkles

To soothe and calm my soul

The paints oh how they calm!


My canvas can be anything I choose:


This is where I never lose



The canvas is better than a lover

I can be me

I can discover

I can fly

I can swim

I can sink

I can fling paint angrily

Or I can use paint sparingly


The canvas is my silent partner

My accomplice

Together we conspire

It knows my long-held desire

It knows who lights my fire

It senses when conditions are dire

It directs me as when to retire


The canvas is my date

It never stands me up

It never arrives late

It is quite the perfect play mate

It never keeps me waiting

It never says it’ll call

And then it doesn’t

it never looks for an excuse

I’d rather paint than be out dating:

An idiot

A moron

A clown

A buffoon

Better to paint

So my heart won’t faint


So whether you use:



Even your 10 fingers

Your cat’s very tail

Yeah, that’s how they got 9 lives!


Paint your troubles away

When you feel lonely


When you feel”



When you feel misunderstood:


When you hear,” You should…”

Don’t should on yourself:


When chaos is your daily bread:


When you feel as good as dead:



Identify your pain in the paint

Look pain in the eye

Use it to your advantage

Then lose your pain in the paint


Paint and grow wings

Those wings will cause your to soar

You’ll leave normal behind

You’ll not be the same for ever more


EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2013







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