Directives given in first assignment:
Think of an object
What is its shape? What is its texture? What color is it? What does the object evoke in you?
Write about this object. Timed for thirty minutes maximum.
Green Man on the Shed Door
He lives on in the cold January exterior. His face is a yard wide, painted on rough cedar planking in acrylics of burnt sienna, thalo green, color of lemons and limes interwoven in the giant leaves of his face. Stark black outlines his wreath of greenery making up his features. Green Man's wide mouth, though worn down and made more faint by five harsh summer sunbeams and the like number of winters and cold rains coming down on his weathered cheeks, is nonetheless visible in a malevolent moue. His brows are painted veins of leaves twined between foliage.
Frozen boards below him are stiff with winter chill and the skiff of ice on the shed entranceway gives warning of careful entry into his kingdom of plastic chairs and worn pots. He guards entrance to the lawnmower, now stiff from disuse, with his silent stare. Guardian of the tool shed, he is a symbol of earth, of all things green and growing. He is a mystical creature, a keen observer of creatures moving in the garden, animals gambling on the lawn. In day, his countenance is obvious, but at night, he keeps close count of stealthy foxes and raccoons, always on the lookout for night creatures of mice skittering through tall buffalo grass.
The Green Man smiles, at least his painted-on moue perhaps grimaces at some unknown secret not yet revealed. Maybe he is contemplating his future of soon-to-be warm days when perhaps yet even more undiscovered observations will occur under his benevolent, hooded eyes.
Is that smile on his face? Or maybe it is I who sees a generous future harvest of wild flowers, showy zinnias, blue iris, herbs, all welcoming a much anticipated spring, and his face is reflecting my wishful gardening thoughts.