Each morning the sun rises

Contradicting the idea of gravity

I enter the studio

Slip into my chair

Gather words

Organize random thoughts


I pick up yesterday’s thread and follow

As I take my place before the easel

Pathways open

Color takes on new meanings

At first, I am self-conscious


To paint a straight line impossible

Make corrections

Begin again

Slowly I pick up speed

Forget who is painting

Who is thinking

Who is seeing


I become everyone who has ever painted

Everyone who has ever struggled to express themselves

I create soul patterns with paint

Ideas come and go

Sometimes they are familiar

Like puzzle pieces that easily slip into place

The extra pieces I put into my pocket


June 27, 2018

8 thoughts on “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PAINTER/poets united midweek motif “What do you think of yourself”

  1. Totally wonderful! a distillation of less perfect attempts, I would guess, like the example of the straight line within the poem. I am so happy with the thread picked up from yesterday, with the pieces in your pocket! I love the tentative steps of beginning and the climb to the point of unity. This poem is a significant work of art.

  2. I love this, especially “I am everyone who ever painted.” How fortunate we are, to go, each morning, you to your studio, I to my computer, and continue being ourselves till the very end.

  3. “Pathways open” This is the best thing that can happen to a person in whatever conditions. So much inspiration and determination is there in just these two words. This makes life possible.

  4. I can’t seem to find anywhere to comment on your June 28th post to the dVerse prompt for opposites — In Days of Feast and Famine .. so will have to comment here instead. Apologies.
    I enjoyed the post very much….the contrast to the beautifully set table….and then the passage of time and how it has been affected is very well done. This is a wonderful extended analogy about aging and the passage of time…at least, that is how I’m reading it. So glad you posted to the prompt!

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