#1 4′ x 4′
Appreciation is one of the most pleasant surprised one can encounter. To have your work loved and appreciated is validation like no other. A couple of years ago, I was asked by a friend to paint his childhood home, which has long been torn down. He had one photo of the house and wanted the painting for his aging father, who was in early dementia. He hung the painting on his wall and brought his father in to view it. He told me his father just stood and looked and looked at it, making comments about the house and its past.
This past year, as I was driving home from town, I got a cell phone call from his aunt, who wondered if I could paint one for her as well. She said her husband saw the original one and really loved it. When it was finished, they loved it and even gave me a tip! She called me up a week later saying how much they appreciated the painting. What a pleasant surprise to fell this kind of appreciation.
Our old house is gone
Many great mem’ries remain
Painting preserves joy
#2 4′ x 4′
Paintings: Dwight L. Roth
This was written for: https://dversepoets.com/
Frank Hubney asked us to write a Haibun with the prompt — Pleasantly Surprised.
A Haiban is a poem composed of a short prose followed by a Haiku. The two when combined make the Haiban.