Black frame

The black frame

holds the portrait
treasures it

sets it off from
the wall's infinity

like silence after
and before

not to mock
or force a lack

but issue forth
confer a given name

echo its colors
answer back

its lines and shapes
in rhyme

and draw your eye
to beauty

not of an image but
of the one you know

not ink or paint
but love

given not made

not cut off
but heightened

by the loving
embrace of

the black frame.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light