A SPECIAL DEDICATION

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Here is a painting of my mother before she was my mother.

While in Israel in June 2007, my cousin Hagai showed me this photo of mama, black and white, faded and the size of a post stamp. I borrowed it from him for two weeks - he did not want it away from his wallet for longer - and painted it. Nice and large and bright.

While working on mama's dear face, I discovered it, found my youth that was to be my mother.

This painting will probably be my most loved and cherished one.

My Me
The me in she
and her
and that woman
my me wants to say
hey
I have a life
and a shipload of baggage
and a brush and a pen
and a name given to me
by my mama
a good and fitting name
bat-ya
daughter of God
and this is who
me is

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