by William Michaelian
One day, Van Gogh was trying to paint a sunflower. But the harder he worked at it, the more difficult the job became.
He was about to give up and take a walk when suddenly a bee flew into his room. Ignoring the artist completely, the insect went straight to the flower. It emerged a few seconds later covered with pollen, then sped away through Van Gogh’s open window.
There was a knock on the door. When Van Gogh opened it, a beautiful little girl came in. She went straight to the flower. Admiring it from every possible angle, she laughed with delight and said, Pretty flower, you and I are friends. Then she left without noticing Van Gogh’s presence.
Wondering what would happen next, the artist waited. Someone knocked. It was an old blind man. Carefully feeling his way with a long cane, he managed to find the flower. It is truly a miracle, he said, caressing its magnificent yellow petals. Now I will die a happy man.
Van Gogh smiled. After the blind man’s departure, he looked at the sunflower for a long, long time. Then he picked up his brush, closed his eyes, and started painting again.
William Michaelian’s newest releases are two poetry collections, Winter Poems and Another Song I Know, published in paperback by Cosmopsis Books in San Francisco. His short stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in many literary magazines and newspapers. His novel,
A Listening Thing, is published here in its first complete online edition. For information on Michaelian’s other books and links to this site’s other sections, please go to the Main Page or visit Flippantly Answered Questions.