Gouache on Tyvec, varnished. 16" x 20".
“Bring me back a souvenir,” the captain called.
“Sure thing,” I shouted back above the amtrac’s roar.
Later that day,
the column halted,
we found a Buddhist temple by the trail.
Combing through a nearby wood,
we found a heavy log as well.
It must have taken more than half an hour,
but at last we battered in
the concrete walls so badly
that the roof collapsed.
Before it did,
I took two painted vases
Buddhists use for burning incense.
One vase I kept,
and one I offered proudly to the captain.
All artwork by Jane Irish is legally protected by U.S. & International copyright laws. Images may be used for educational use but under NO circumstance may they be used for commercial purposes without proper and prior permission from the artist. Unauthorized duplication or usage for commercial purposes is prohibited by copyright law. "Souvenirs," by W.D. Ehrhart, copyright 1999.