M.M. Panas and JoAnn Moore

Panas R

M.M. Panas

Mixed media on canvas, 8″ x 9″
Created using JoAnn Moore’s poem (below) as inspiration

By JoAnn Moore

Listen to the waves and hear
how they have power in their movement—
even though pulled between shores
they surge and find peace
in how its seafoam lingers on the sand.

Listen to the wind and how spring
is on it breezes—even if the weather
won’t shift for months. In the wind,
now, your heart beats warmer.

Listen to the earth and feel
how even the ground turns so
imperceptively slow that we believe
what we stand on is stable.

Listen to the fire— the one element
if it didn’t ignite, none
of the others would matter.
And neither would we.

Do you hear it?
Do you hear the poem’s heart calling
you love?


M.M. Panas
Both Sides Now

Acrylic, charcoal, chalk on canvas
Diptych, 48 x 24 inches
Inspiration piece provided to JoAnn Moore

Both Sides Now
By JoAnn Moore

The season has shifted again
and the afternoon sun sets quickly,
reminding nature to prepare for the lengthy darkness ahead.
It was about this time last year
when you started calling—
and eleven days before you left me
a message and I called back,
hopeful for what once was.

I remember the first time:
I held each of my children
and was overwhelmed with joy,
saw the magnificence of the Pacific,
discovered the softness of my mother’s skin
three weeks before she died,
traveled the west’s grandness,
heard my son say, when reading one of my poems,
…………………..You got this one right,
witnessed a double rainbow,
felt the life leave my beloved dog,
hoped that one day I will be closer to myself,
that I believed in you,
and realized all memory’s selective.

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