The Brilliance of Better Days (a villanelle sequel to Work Persona)…

I’ve relaxed and settled in my chair

it’s been far too long

my surroundings I’m aware

perhaps I sought relief with prayer

knowing me, it was through song

I’ve relaxed and settled in my chair

22 years put gray in my hair

but now, I’m feeling strong

my surroundings I’m aware

two years away, gave me time to prepare

my attitude was wrong

I’ve relaxed and settled in my chair

emotions damaged, but not beyond repair

for decades I was withdrawn

my surroundings I’m aware

on the daily, no longer basking in despair

with this transformation I have undergone

my surroundings I’m aware

I’ve relaxed and settled in my chair

I’ve relaxed and settled in my chair

Franz Jozef Ponstingl and other amazing artist’s; thirty minutes of inspiration at The James Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa…

Oh my God, the one thing I have missed the most during the pandemic aside from seeing live theater is actually setting foot in a museum and looking at artwork up close and personal. This weekend The James Michener Museum in Doylestown finally reopened to the public. Granted we had to wear masks, but better to wear a mask in an air conditioned building over an oppressively hot heat wave outside.

Paid for a two hour block, but this museum isn’t very big for one nor do my wife and I read in depth about the works, we are both more fond of studying the work itself. The only thing I tend to absorb in a description is what technique the artist used. We finished our tour in thirty minutes, both completely satisfied and enough to whisk me away from the dark clouds resting in my soul.

Below are some photos my wife and I snapped on her phone.