The Art of Painting by Cindy Hutchings

It probably started
with the berry pickers
hunters, warriors

those selected
to gather berries, in their work
wipe face of sweat
hands on clothes
leave berry stain

those selected to hunt
to defend the family, clan, tribe
wipe blood on face, clothing

when they returned
and the people were fed
the ones unable to gather, hunt
the elders, the children
smiled with eyes of gratitude
upon those who gave sustenance
those marked
by the berry
the blood

thus began
the painting.

Cindy Hutchings‘ first poetry chapbook, Tree Talk, was published by MoonPath Press. Her poetry is shared in print with Espial 2012 and Gifts of the Great Spirit — Volume IV — Legends and online with Quill & Parchment and Whispers…. She graduated from Green River Community College with an associate degree and High Honors, and from University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English and Women Studies. There she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Society. Hutchings is a member of both Northwest Renaissance and Striped Water Poets, and she helps organize poetry events in her community. She writes passionately about current events, nature and social causes.