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This is a later oil study but from same photo I took in 1991. The original painting was lost on display in NW DC.Oregon Coast

Mid-painting, that ragged rocky sphinx
clambers ashore, dragging its tail,
to protest, futilely, a collusion
of sea, sky and sand to form
this streaked streamlined symmetry.

Closer to us a white driftwood snake
investigates that surprising blue rift
and is astonished to see its bony self
peering back from the sky.

Ocean, sky and rocks: Children
playing peekaboo! in the soft light.
Hard to believe distances so playful
could be dangerous.

Dean Blehert

Last Updated: October 6, 2002

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