The Mallet by Rich Ladig

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The Mallet
by Rich Ladig
Oil on canvas
39″ × 48″ (99 × 122cm)

The Mallet

I was a child prodigy
Playing Schubert’s 9th at three
Nothing I couldn’t do
And all was easily

The arts to mathematics
Nothing was taboo
And then there was my sister
Who couldn’t tie a shoe

Sitting at a table
Blew her nose upon her sleeve
More popular with boys than me
Was so hard to believe

She’s now a virtuoso
And that’s hard for me to say
But I knew it had to happen
I taught her how to play

~Rich Ladig 2013

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  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusabout 1 year ago

    Big love for the siblings.Great poem and painting Rich!

  • Appreciate the love Stacey! Thank you!

    – Rich Ladig

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 1 year ago

    This is a great picture and poem, superb work.

  • Thank you Nigel…really appreciate it too!

    – Rich Ladig

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 1 year ago

    FAV fav FAViddy FAVVVVV!! This is priceless Rich. Blew her nose on her sleeve . . well YEAH!! ha haa.Their body language is wonderful and I love the vast spaciousness of the room with “the way out window”. Bravo!!!

  • …love the enthusiasm or severe speech impediment!!!
    THankski Evon! :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • banrai
    banraiabout 1 year ago

    like Alice in a different land,…surreal for me!
    great write too!

  • …the surreal is very good to me also, Terry!
    Appreciate your words :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 1 year ago

    wonderful whimsy Rich! :)

  • peace and happy thoughts to you Karin!
    love whimsy…thank you :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • CreativeEm
    CreativeEmabout 1 year ago

    I like the sense of space here which for me almost creates a sense of anticipation as if something might fill it at any moment. It reminds me of pieces by Hopper. For me there’s a loneliness within the beauty. I love the accompanying poem too

  • …your thoughts on open space, and the psychological effects it can have upon us is a very intriguing topic all right . I guess art does mimic life in many ways! Thanks so much Em! :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 1 year ago

    11-02-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Much appreciated…Thank you…Thank you, Kira :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • Kelly Jay
    Kelly Jayabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful and beautiful in every way. :)

  • Really appreciate your words Kelly! :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • Thea T
    Thea Tabout 1 year ago

    Haha, fabulous…I, personally would love to hear Schubert’s 9th played on the xylophone ;)

  • bodysurfing in the mosh pit to his 9th on the xylophone
    …would certainly make Schubert proud…haha!
    Thanks Thea!

    – Rich Ladig

    JUSTARTabout 1 year ago


  • hey… Sylvia :))

    – Rich Ladig

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