Gouache was written in response to artist Sally Elliott’s painting, Upstream Mussels (originally posted here on May 23, 2015).

Upstream Mussels

She and I were luckily paired in a “Write, I See” ekphrasis event co-hosted by the Arts Student League of Denver and Lighthouse Writers House in 2013.


Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher. She has performed and taught poetry at more than 100 venues around the country and been featured on public radio and television. Her poetry, prose, and critical reviews have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and art exhibits. Hahne holds an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.