Author Archive for mayling

They say you can’t see smells

I see the first mall I walked through when I catch the smell of something new.

I see the soft warm clothes someone else is drying.

I see the coffee that must be brewing in the other room.

I see the calm the incense burns inside me.

See the soul, searching enlightenment, that just lit some greens.

See the green eucalyptus aromatherapy.

The Orange in the Fields

Even though teach for america was a failure, I’m so grateful to have lived in Mississippi.
I loved the peace you felt, due to the lack of noise and the big open spaces of nature.
Never experienced that before.

Also loved how polite and approachable people seemed there.
Loved seeing how my students stood up for one another.
They knew each other well, they all grew up together.
Never had that before either.

After Christmas Break, 2013 I went back to Leland, MS.
On the way from airport, I remember seeing the darkness of the fields.
And not feeling much. Not wanting to feel my dread. Not acknowledging that I hated being a teacher.

The next day I painted the fields.

orange in the fields

This is what inspired depression looks like.
It would take a few days for me to acknowledge it.
But I was depressed. To say the least.

Acrylics, on canvas paper. 2013
Priced at $80 Please contact me if you wish to purchase.