The Red Wheel Barrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

William Carlos Williams

I’ve always liked that one.  It speaks to me about the moment of inspiration.  That time when, after a seemingly endless period of effort, something happens and it’s the jumping off point of something very important.  Although I’m not necessarily a religious person anymore I can’t seem to get over the fact that things sure do have a funny way of coming together at just the right (or wrong) time.  The last few weeks have been a good example of this and some very unpleasant things have come to pass.  But as things seem to go other doors have opened juuuuust a hair and because of that additional light I have been shown other possibilities that I had lost sight of.  You toil and toil and you get desperate and then you see a picture or hear a song on the radio or an old friend comes up in conversation…  BANG!  You see the logic in it all just for a second.  Best to go with it.  It’s how my painting The Numbers Man came up last year.

I kinda like that guy…

And it’s how I came to a conclusion today.  There are details that still keep it from becoming more than a conclusion.  They balance everything on the head of a pin.  I’m not sure which way things will go, but it gives me a larger sense of purpose and a more open playing field. Sometimes it’s hard to see in which ways you bind yourself.  I really realized today. While I’ve been thinking about making a change I hadn’t really taken it far enough.  It’s funny how you can say things to others and it makes perfect sense, but you don’t automatically apply it to yourself as well.  I know I’ve been harping on this topic on and off for a while.

Simplify Simplify Simplify.

What could be more simple than a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens?

Bawk Bawk


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