Momentary Lapse

the sunshine
was the perfect
storm of light
and its rays
were like breakfast
in bed served
on reflecting
silver trays
and her shoulder
as she turned away
was any photographer’s
dream shot
and the afternoon
waited to arrive
like a tourist wearing
loud shorts
on their way
to the Florida Keys
anyway, that was
the morning he
never asked
her not to leave him
pretty please

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview, and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmusuem, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ivan’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Ivan’s poetry is widely published (with over 600 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover. Ivan’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle, has been released by Michelkin Publishing. Read Ivan’s novels How to Marry a Superstar and Billie Girl on Wattpad. Ivan’s website is: https://www.ivanjenson.com.

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