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ASSISTANT ROOTS

The assistant roots himself
like a cottonwood tree beside
the master artist.
He offers the palette
like expected shade
and witnesses creativity
from master’s eyes
filtered through brain cells
and brush stroked on canvas
for pedestrian man
to glimpse a landscape
view re-created by the master
three feet removed
from the assistant
anonymously tending
like roots channeling
nutrients to the highest leaf
of a cottonwood tree.

        Diane Webster