A Pond and a Painter

A Pond and A Painter

Gil Anderson

I wrote this piece over the period of a year during which it gradually changed both in subject matter and tone. In the poem I attempt to show the seemingly irrepressible fears of doubt that plague everyone at points in their life. The painter is harrowed with regrets and melancholy, aware of the onslaught of permanence that waits just behind him at all times. In his blindness he paints his memories upon the water and, as they sink, he is left with only recollections and regret.

The painter then leaves the poem as we delve into the pond, the pond beomes a mechanism for all our desires and decisions; our unconscious drives, as the poem switchs to talk about a 'we', humanity as a whole.