The Brighter Side of Widowhood




The Brighter Side of Widowhood

As I was nearly finished with painting this scene
I watched a woman descend the narrow path
To this small cove
With her child
They were beautiful
And complete
As they were

She didn’t need a husband down there
Checking his phone
Drinking too many beers
Zoning out when his daughter called for him
Showing off in the frigid water
And looking more like a fat walrus on his return
Than the finely sculpted merman
He thinks he is

They made me think of you
And of us
And if I should die before you
Look at the bright side…
No more beard hairs on the table
On the floor
On the kitchen counters
In our books
In our bed
In our mouths
No more listening to me talk on and on when I should just shut up
No more wondering why I’ve shut up when I should be talking
No more fool of a man to look down on
For being a fool of a man
For overthinking everything
For procrastinating too much
For working all the time
For not having the time or or means to take the family on enough amazing vacations
For preferring colder weather
For preferring to pray silently
For not doing enough
For wanting too much from you
For not being the man you hoped for
For checking my phone too much
For drinking too many beers
For zoning out on our kids
For being a beer-bellied walrus
For not saying sorry enough

And for dying
I’m sorry about that too

So look on the bright side…
You’ll be joining me sooner or later
When the time is right
And there will be no more disappointment then
Only the truest love to share
Between us

(But I cant promise anything
About the beard hairs
We’ll just have to see how that goes)

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Brighter Side of Widowhood"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021
Price of Original: $737

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 08/10/2021
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt

Artwork Logistics:


Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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