Friday, July 27, 2012

Illustration Friday - LONELY

 Here's my entry for this week's topic on IF... lonely.

Watercolor and micron pens.

Since we're on the topic of loneliness,
I'm also sharing something i wrote about a neighbor
who wasn't the most generous man.

There he sits
among the branches
and leaves
that rustle in the wind.

He sits, and waits.

Waits for someone
or something.
His grown children
no longer visit
and he is left with
birds and bees
and the occasional car
passing by.

He waits for birds.

And even when he has
so little to love,
when the birds settle on his land
as they search for food,
he claps his hands together
making a loud noise
and the birds 
hurriedly scatter and fly away
like children running from an angry fist.

It must be
a lonely existence
to think even of the birds
as creatures that want something
from you.

He is undeniably alone.

I wonder if he wonders
how he will die.
Whether or not he will be
alone then too.
He walks on his grass,
in large circles,
around his land,
and spends his days
keeping his land free of birds.

His land is empty of birds
and his heart must be
empty of love.

*note: he died last year - alone.

On a lighter note, here's what i did with the flowers.
I like it a little more now,
although i may still add words somewhere.
Words and dots. 
It's all good.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend
and as always
thank you so much for visiting here.
It makes my heart happy
and inspires me more than you know.


  1. Wow! So much more than a 'lonely' illustration. Beautiful work + words...

  2. Oh such a sad story. He didn't have to be alond even that little birdie has a choice to scoot on closer. Very inspiring

  3. Hi Pauline.
    Oh, how sad
    poor people alone, dying alone!
    Very good job.
    I liked the step by step of your painting!
    Have a nice weekend!

  4. How sad to not even want the company of birds - very poignant!!

  5. That is so sad. And so beautifully written. Love your illustrations!

  6. I always come away from your posts with much to think about. Thank you for sharing your art and your thoughts so beautifully.

  7. What a beautiful poem, and how sad that people can feel so lonely and unloved - and unloving.

    And yes, even though I liked the flowers before this change, I do like them better now. Lovely.

  8. Oh! Love this one. Love love love!! The color scheme is wonderful. Well done!

  9. that's really sad :( Nice illustrations though

  10. Aww! Adorable little birds! I wonder if he is a loner or if he did something to make everyone mad.

  11. aww poor sad little bird. i like how cute they all look though!

  12. Always so inspiring to read your insightful missives!!

    I am actually amazed at how much Solitude feels "just right" for me, but NOT ALONENESS, ALOOFNESS, or DISCONNECTEDNESS.

    There is such a sad feeling in your poem, something that is, in a way, so BEautiful in its bare-assed honesty...

  13. Very beautiful artwork and poem! Thank you for your sweet words on my blog too. You have a very kind heart, I can tell.

  14. It's sad that so many people lead such miserable existences. I think we probably all know at least one person who lived/lives as your neighbor. I'm glad I'm not one of them. Another great post, Pauline. Thanks for sharing. xoxox

  15. Powerful artwork and poetry!! We see the world the same!! Love your illustrations!!

    Hugs Giggles

  16. Oh my... a sad poem, yet beautifully written, for the subject in hand.
    Thank you for sharing. Lovely is not living at all.
    Such a sweet illustration. Take care ~xx