An Amazing Woman
I met this person years ago. I was immediately taken with her beauty and she was taken aback that I thought her beautiful. Apparently she had been told by someone that she was not. And she believed them. It was not false modesty.
It took me a while to convince her to let me draw her. But she finally relented. I love her image so I have drawn her many times. This is the first time I’ve drawn her full color. I just let her beauty come through my fingertips on to the paper. My job was to not mess it up.
Autobiography of Eve
by Ansel Elkins
Wearing nothing but snakeskin
boots, I blazed a footpath, the first
radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.
When I came to those great flaming gates
of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold
between Paradise and Earth.
There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden
side. I shook awake—
at once alive in a blaze of green fire.
Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.