The hermit painter lives alone
without a friend to call upon
or a love to call his own.
He prefers this solitude to create
piece by piece.
Yet despite his single life the canvas is still white.
The hermit painter, he hasn’t felt in quite some time.
No need, urge or desire to occupy his mind
Not joy or pain, he has nothing to convey
and his apathy shows on every canvas that remains white.
The hermit painter has not seen the sun.
His skin pale his hair white
And his eyes know not light
but what little light would suffice
from a candle by his side.
And in absence of proper light
it’s no wonder the canvas remains white.
The hermit painter has not seen the world.
He has not heard music in decades,
nor has he read literature in years.
He knows nothing of the new,
and has forgotten everything that is old.
Perhaps if he stepped out into the world
his canvas would not still be white
The hermit painter has hundreds upon hundreds
piles upon piles;
paintings, sketches, ideas left untouched all white.
And had it not been for the absence of light,
a chat with a friend, a love to relish.
A melody to his ear or an interesting story
the hermit painter might have seen a canvas painted in color
and not a canvas painted in white.
The hermit painter falls ill.
On the final days of his life he does not paint.
Instead, he goes outside.
He hears the laughter of children
and it fill his with infectious joy.
He hears music; urban, classical
sensational new age foreign sounds he’s never heard before.
Millions of books; he reads every story he can.
He plays chess with a new friend in the park,
and takes a chance on a an ageless beauty
sipping coffee alone in the afternoon.
Everything he’s been missing
the hermit painter decides,
he must, he must, he MUST!
give one final canvas a shot,
and indeed it would be his greatest work of art
He sits and stares,
and suddenly it begins to appear
as if all on it’s own, the canvas painted itself.
A culmination of the hermit painter’s life.
First came the solitude,
every encounter and opportunity missed.
Then came the apathy.
Following, the lonely candle by his side.
Every note he had never heard,
and every word he had never read
they too appeared magically on canvas,
and it was indeed his greatest work of art.
The hermit painter now gone from this world
left behind for all to see.
And from every corner of the earth
they gathered where the canvas was housed
and took in the message the painter left behind
on his single greatest work of art.
A blank canvas hangs; the painter entitled “white”.