ADVICE FOR FUTURE ARTISTS
Drawing / Poem
Looking up at my paintings, he said he liked to draw things too. Could've been eight, maybe nine, but his age didn't hold him back. He talked right up while surrounded by strangers and wanted to know how much artists make. He was very adult and wanted to know if I was rich. I told this little kid that I didn't have much but that I was doing all right – that I was doing what I wanted. That's what mattered, I told him. Then he smiled like he understood, turned, and walked away. It was like he knew where he was going. Just a little kid. It made me remember my sisters and I at his age hand-in-hand with grandma and we're walking on a concrete walkway. Ahead of us are two marble camels and grandma lifts us onto one. I sit between the sculpted humps and swat the stone, clicking between my teeth. It sits silently but in my imagination we're approaching sand dunes. I never forgot that first day or following ones when I knew I'd be seeing the camels again at the old art museum they graced. And when I heard they moved them to the new museum, I was happy for them. Now when I go up the stairs past them and see the cool stone between their humps, I see that it's been worn smooth. How many little kids like us did it take to do that? See, I say to myself. See, imagination is so powerful it can wear stone smooth. I should've told that to the little kid.
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Happy 106th to William Golding! 🎉
Born in Caldwell, Golding was classically educated at Marlborough Grammar School and later Brasenose College, Oxford. He disavowed his parental pressures in delving to the sciences and became a schoolmaster, playwright, actor, and ultimately, a writer. A British Navy vet of WW2, he is the author of many novels, including "Lord of the Flies" (1954) and "Rites of Passage" (1980). He received the Nobel Prize in Literature (1983) and the Booker Prize (1980).