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Painting, Poetry, and Sunshine

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2023


On being human...

Every day, we can predict darkness and light. The earth rotates every 24 hours and delivers the dark/light pattern without fail. 

Some days are darker than others. 

Some nights are lighter than others. 

And so it is with life.

I started painting again. In the process, I found some old paintings that I had tucked away in a pile. One of them was this yellow sunflower.


When I first painted it, I couldn't quite see its beauty. I just saw some yellow paint and an attempt to copy a real sunflower that I was looking at. 

I felt like I came up dismally short at the time. 

So it went in a pile of discards.

But pulling out the second time, I see it with different eyes. Looking at it inspired a poem that simply poured out: 

I look for sunshine
Because I’ve seen too much sorrow
In a soul that’s broken
By harsh words and judgements
And the sunshine delivers the balm
Which grow sunflowers
That brighten a field
Shrouded in darkness.

Take a second look at yourself. See yourself with new eyes, a new perspective. Look at that loving smile in the mirror. Embrace who you are, right at this moment. 

See yourself with love. 




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