by Gil Franqui
Who knows, this may have happened to you as it did
to me, one evening when I was sitting in a bar drinking straight
from a green bottled Heineken when the guy in the stool to my
left introduced himself and I think his name was Stu or
Scott or George, one of those, and he asked
What do you do for a living?
to which I replied
I’m a painter.
At which time Scott or Frank or John,
one of those, ’cause I’m so bad with names,
sat up, lit up, and exclaimed how
impressed he was with those who painted. He continued on
enthusiastically expressing his admiration for the abilities and
talents of those who could paint and I am thinking how
I’ve never seen anyone respond with such fire and vigor after revealing
my occupation and what in the hell is wrong with this guy and
why is he so animated over my occupation and just about the
time I’m really considering the motives of
or lack thereof
or ulterior of;
Frank or John or Carl, ’cause I can never remember names,
stops his diatribe to look at me and ask a question
of me to which after he asks
Do you paint landscapes or portraits?
I realize why all the excitement.