© Copyright Valentina Battler. All rights reserved
Paintings are accompanied by the author's poems. Translated into English by Andrey Kneller
Painting on Xuan paper, 66 x 86 cm, 2003
The tail of the emerald bird exploded
As though a lacy volley, spreading gold
Across the sky, for people to behold.
If only people, like this wonder-bird,
Could spread their joy into a lacy fan,
And learn to fire beauty on command.