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Words Inspired by Art


Sometimes, when I am walking through a museum I am inspired by a piece that I observe. Last month I visited the Whitney Museum here in New York City and found inspiration by two pieces I found there.


inspired by Untitled by Laura Owens

Perspective is a funny thing 

Look closely at an object, and it is meaningless

A piece of information cut off

Floating in space

Other objects float nearby

Holding more information to observe

each is totally incomprehensible

On its own

But step back

Adjust your viewpoint

And it all comes together

Then turn around

find another place to stand

and its meaning completely changes


Sunday Morning

inspired by Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hopper


It was early. He knew it because the sun was just coming up over the East River. But for him, it was late. His gig had ended at three, and then the band went to an after-hours to wind down. Now, here he was, making his way home while greeting the dawn.

As tired as he was, he loved this time of day. He had Seventh Avenue to himself. It was almost like all other people had been taken away, like a bad Twilight Zone episode. He could stand on the corner and lose track of where he was. The writing on the store windows becomes garbled and the street signs disappear. Was he in New York? Paris? Rome? He becomes lost in a day dream, standing still in the warmth of the rising sun, sending his shadow down the block.

SWISH! SWISH! RUMBLE! RUMBLE! His focus is brought back by the passing street sweeper. He shakes his head and picks up his horn.His bed is calling and the rising sun is saying good night.


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