Irene

You live
On three clouds
Connected by a spiral
Staircase
With a happy
Black dog.

The dog is a symbol of wisdom
Waiting and watching
From on high
Upon her special stair.

Your name is
Irena
Meaning “peace.”
An ancient word
Of being
Like the quiet calm
Hovering between
Your clouds.

By trade,
You are an artist––
You
Search for the heart.

Mixing
Instinct and intuition
With color,
You explore
The face
The hands
The fingertips
And the spirit
Of others
With the feeling
Side of your soul.

Gentleness
Surrounds you.

Kindness
Breathes within you.

As a woman
You are a poem.