The treadmill slowed as he looked out of the window at a flutter that swam through the silver sky outside past a pine tree that was strung with turned off lights, past a cloud that was slowly slumping onto the horizon just above the airport, past the back of a billboard, past a row of pipes that ran across the top of a laundromat that was closed because the owner had gone bankrupt, past a blind man who handled a cane as if it were a weapon, past the trickle of water that drained from a hole on the side of a brick wall across from his window on which someone had scrawled “No Win” with a messy drool of white paint. He thought he would momentarily travel to a windter landscape that he had seen on a post card or maybe a scene from childhood, or maybe a television show. He stepped across the snow-covered bank beside the freezing water and watched the sun glare through the tops of trees and noticed how it reflected onto the river.
Then he turned back to the treadmill and continued to run.
“By Water, By Snow” is acrylic paint on Tyvek paper 24 in. × 36 in. by John Fish Jan. 2011. Scene painted from a photograph of the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon