Midnight Drawing

The sleeping artist’s finger

smears bright chalk

on night’s murk

of monochrome shadows.

The artist is at work,

splashing golds and blues

in a dream’s inky hues,

scribbling phantasmal figments

in glimmering pigments

that explode like chrysanthemums

and burn like red hot geraniums

across the canvas sheets

and evaporate

with the onset

of morning light.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Midnight Drawing in My Mind #2 © Twins Seven Seven (2007)

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The Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician known as Twins Seven Seven was born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki (3 May 1944 – 16 June 2011) in Ogidi, Kogi State, Nigeria, Twins Seven Seven is best known for his paintings in the Naive Art or Primitivism style. His work is influenced by traditional Yoruba mythology and culture, and creates a fantastic universe of humans, animals, plants and Yoruba gods.

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14 thoughts on “Midnight Drawing

    1. Funnily enough, I made my final decision on the choice of image by thinking about the titles. I was initially drawn to the birds but got no spark from the title. Then I went back to Midnight Drawing because it related to other writing I’d done very early this morning. I was surprised with the poem when I read it again, alnost as if I couldn’t remember writing it! Was it a kind of automatic writing? I do love the shape and colours of the picture, and I write in the small hours!


    1. Thank you! I was looking for something less of a cliche than ‘fireworks’ and the only flower I could think of that looked like a firework exploding was a chrysanthemum – the geraniums were already there!

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