Not Waving

Not Waving


Stunning contemporary abstract painting, acrylic, PVC glue, and ink on gallery wrapped canvas.  24" x 24", framed, 2017.

How often do you misunderstand someone? Do you feel misunderstood?  The words are not mine, but this painting is based on Stevie Smith's poem "Not Waving but Drowning".

Nobody heard him, the dead man,   
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought   
And not waving but drowning.
Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,   
They said.
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always   
(Still the dead one lay moaning)   
I was much too far out all my life   
And not waving but drowning.

Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning” from Collected Poems of Stevie Smith. Copyright © 1972

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