After the Museum

By Mark Belair

After the museum, the canvas oil paintings, all

stiffly self-sufficient, march from my memory


while the watercolors—wispy, pastel swirls on

delicate paper—I close my eyes and remember;


watercolors of stray, fleeting, overlooked

moments that, together, capture and frame


a portrait of the body

of my days.


Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East and The South Carolina Review. His books include the collection While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013) and two chapbook collections: Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more information, please visit

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