Colored Egg Artist

Sam had the patience I did not—
holding already lovely colored eggs
perfectly still in the oily dye, again
and again, half by half, side by side,
building a history, an archeology of color—
variegated tops, bottoms and bands overlaid
with mottles of marbleized continents.
As each masterpiece dried, I marveled. He asked,
“Is there such a thing as a colored egg artist?”
“There is now,” I said, surprised at my surprise.


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