The Painting & Poetry Project 2021

Week 17: Fire

Year 2021. What does it mean to you? To Addie and I, it is full of hope and promise. It is a turning point. The beginning of the end of a pandemic. The end of a volatile presidency and a return to sensible governance. The end of quarantines, isolation, and social distancing and a return to physical human interaction. We will once again congregate, gather with those we love, see them up close, touch and feel again … not in an impersonal virtual space, but in the very real and beautiful world.


The 17th theme for the year is Fire.

Fire tests gold, misfortune brave men.

Seneca, On Providence




Serpent Sun

Serpent Sun of the Man of Bronze!
Lift up his shield.
Carry high his spear.
Ignite his courage.
Extinguish his fear.
Breathe fire into his fingers,
fire on his wings,
fire into his eyes,
to scorch the far-flung land.

He’ll rise
over all the savage nations
and fall
on his vainglorious dust—
a bellyful for sleeping vultures
in the corpse-strewn desert
of his vile, forgotten deeds.


Brad & Addie

We want to celebrate 2021 with an outpouring of creativity and optimism!

We’ve selected 52 themes (one theme per week for the year), and each week for 2021, I will write a poem and Addie will paint a painting inspired by that theme.

This is the sort of big project that artists live for … where we can say what we yearn to say.  Big picture stuff. Heart wrenching stuff. Expect surprises, love, and a passion for life.

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