Looking Up

Michelangelo was blocked.
He couldn’t figure out the ceiling.

Lounging one morning in his warm bath
He happened to look up and saw two bare-limbed trees
Stretching toward each other,
Their branches almost touching.

He saw that if he moved his head just a little
and changed position ever so slightly
he could see the hand of God
reach toward the hand of man.

Charles Hobson is a visual artist in the San Francisco bay area who uses monotypes and printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper. He is a professor emeritus at San Francisco Art Institute, and his work is in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, and Stanford University, among others. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will exhibit his work February 2 to May 26, 2019. His current work is focused on poetry about artists’ lives. www.charleshobson.com