In all of my work, I am driven by the world around me, and the colors that I choose come from things I see on a daily basis. The inspiration for this painting came from a story I recently wrote involving the connection between […]
Issue: October 2013
When we think adventure, we think pirate ships, sinister jungles, or foreign cities. We think, quite simply, of going new places and seeing remarkable things. But an adventure doesn’t have to mean a glamorous journey. Disappearing into the world of a novel or appreciating the […]
When great stories to tell my future brats come to mind, first and foremost is the time I found the purple guitar-shaped paperclip inside the Staples dumpster that the homeless guy sleeps behind in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.
One fine day, my friend and I were perusing the dumpster’s contents for office supplies and I found a solitary purple guitar-shaped paperclip. Then for a while, I carried it around with me telling its origin story to everyone I met.
I managed to earn quite a reputation as the office supplies enthusiast and dumpster expert. But then, alas, I lost my paper clip, and with it, my credibility and reputation.
A wise hot hippie once said: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?” But I knew what I had. It was a guitar-shaped paper clip and it was purple. And it was cool.
So now every weekend, I visit the same dumpster, hoping to find some more purple guitar-shaped paperclips. But all I find is the same sleeping homeless guy. And now I’m starting to think that it’s been a corpse all along.
When you sit there,
pen at the ready,
it’s not just a blank sheet of paper staring you in the face.
It’s so much more than that.
It’s an unsung lyrical masterpiece.
It’s an untold plot about to unfold.
It’s a stage being prepped for the performance.
It’s an untraveled road awaiting exploration.
It’s a chemical in the dark room daring to develop.
It’s a freshly broken heart bleeding out one final beat.
The canvas is anything you desire it to be;
all you have to do