River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

"Diatom"

"Diatom" is a 5"x7" pen and ink Zenwork inspired by the beauty of microcosmic diatoms and the artform of delicately arranging them into pleasing designs and patterns. Accompanying this artwork is my poem "Diatom"

Diatom
"A hundred thousand varieties,
invisible
micro-jewels too small
for our limited reality
unless we spy
through man-made glass...
and then we stare,
in disbelief and awe,
wondering
what else is out there
living alongside us
in the earth, water, air
which we walk, drink and breathe
that our senses fail
to smell, taste, touch, hear, or see?"