Saved by the Queen

Yesterday I felt the kind of
persistent longing that is like

waiting for a late
bus or one that never

arrives and you are left
to walk alone in the heat or

the dark or the rain or whatever
feels like your current poison

But today I sit in
the winter sun and a

little girl wearing pink Hollywood
sunglasses and a flower crown gives

me her best queen’s wave as
she passes and I think

There’s a parade coming
There’s a parade!

Linda Laino is an artist, writer and teacher who has been making art in one form or another for over 35 years. Holding an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she enjoys playing with words as much as form and color. Since 2012, she has resided in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where the surreal atmosphere and sensuous colors have worked their way into her paintings. The last few years have found her making art at residencies around the world, most recently in Spain and France. wordsandpictures.lindalaino.com and www.lindalaino.com