Finally Waking Up

Suddenly cast out of dreams
Peaceful alarm neither bell nor static
Just the stirring of a graying hound on tile floor
Rhino slept well
Now coffee, biscotti and news
Still-Life setting
Soap suds sink, white dishes in a rack
In my Rhino cave I share with my lover
Momentary Internet and notes from distant friends
Tapping plastic, clicking rhythmic unfulfilled
Muffled whirr and mechanical sounds
Dull white computer noise
Traffic floats on audio waves through my walls
Cars, motorcycles, planes, Helos and trains
No dogs bark
No sirens yet
My shower
My last day at work
Thoughts of taking back my days, hours and minutes
Ruminations about cost, delays and true love
Masterpieces incomplete
Lonely canvas await brushes, paint and me
The day beckons the painter in my soul

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A poem about another life transition. I have been working but not painting much which disturbs me. So I gave two weeks notice and find myself happy to try something new if only that it will bring me closer to my dreams…


working, transitions, choices, feeling good, artists, yearning, rhinovangogh, rhino


  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyabout 3 years ago

    I wish you luck Rhino and await to see what masterpieces I will see next

  • Thanks Lynnette, I have lots of work to do to catch up with you! Thanks for your kind words! :-)

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Honario
    Honarioabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful thing you’ve written there. I put it in the same class & genre of another favored piece: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Instructions to Painters and Poets

    My first encounter with that piece was when Ferlinghetti was making a tour of readings to promote his new book, How To Paint Sunlight. The day I attended a reading happened to be his 80th birthday and he started the reading with the above piece. It was magic! I felt that same thing reading your piece this morning.

    Without reason
    Without logic
    I know all will be well
    Though I know not what
    ‘Well’ really is
    Nor when
    ‘Well’ will be

    Thank you.
    Many much love

  • Wow! I read that piece and it was awesome! :-) I was so inspired by it. Paint the light…we are bearers of it…..Powerful!!!! Thanks for the comparison, but I humbly submit that I am not worthy. Thank you so much for returning inspiration. I will post that on my facebook. Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 3 years ago

    I don’t know which is better, your writing or your paintings. Both are fantastically great. Go get them brother!!

  • Thanks brother. I do so appreciate your kind words and constant friendship! Cheers, hugs etc. J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • banrai
    banraiabout 3 years ago

    making “unforced changes, choices now” to me shows some degree of deserved/earned “freedom” if this brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams, I say bravo! to you Sir J….. your “writing is always sublime” but your
    painting is on a different plain.. more of both, please!

  • I can sell ebay stuff and still get by, but at least I will own my time…Thank you brother! :-)

    – Rhinovangogh

  • banrai
    banraiabout 3 years ago

    your poem…. so good!

  • Banrai your friendship means alot to me. Thanks, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    Sounds like a huge step!! Best to you!

  • In the words of the immortal Elvis,,,thankewverrymush! :-) Hugs, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Honario
    Honarioabout 3 years ago

    Though I’m likely informing the informed Ferlinghetti was Ginsburg publisher (City Lights Books in San Francisco) . He was the first one to publish ‘Howl’ here in America and was jailed for that act. He had to take his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where he was finally exonerated. I’ve heard him say that he does not considered himself a poet, can not live up to such an appellation with the likes of the poets he publishes. He published a lot of the ‘Beats,’ Kerouac, Ginsburg et al. Consequently, your deflection of ‘not worthy’ is further evidence that you ARE classed with him.

    I agree, Instructions to Painters and Poets is a superb and inspiring piece. Paint the light! ‘And don’t paint out the shadows made by light / for without chiaroscuro you’ll have shallow pictures"

  • I like your mind and generosity. :-)

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaabout 3 years ago

    i want to visit your studio someday, how you are doing on masterpiece, i want to see it. lol. nice writing, my friend.

  • I just got a new computer and it has been difficult with pictures etc. Windows 7 aye yae yae! I finally got the media thing to work and can edit pictures so I should be posting a working in progress of the Japan piece I am working on. I have a novel approach to painting the Tsunami so I hope it comes out okay. Lots of details and a large canvas. This may take awhile. Sooon, :-) J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Rex Inkpen
    Rex Inkpenabout 3 years ago

    I like the scene you paint here with your excellent use of words. i can see the brow knotting in the last few lines though!

  • Thanks Rex. I appreciate you stopping in. Any compliment from you is gold in the hand. Thank you! Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserover 2 years ago

    Another great write. Tonnes of emotive feelings in this. Awesome.

  • Thanks! I appreciate it when talented writers appreciate a piece of mine. Thanks sincerely, J

    – Rhinovangogh

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