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He had a particular gait — somewhere between Igor and Sasquatch; a shuffle that spoke of strength. He held his head high and with a toothy grin smiled his way into my life. I had to capture his stance. I had to picture his stand. How he held himself with honor and looked you straight in the eyes.
There are people that affect you, people that touch your life in untold ways, strangers that become friends, friends that become strangers. You never know who will change you. You never know the faces you’ll remember. What makes a person stick to you? What makes a person change the trajectory of your life? What butterfly’s wing will ripple your life? How many people have touched you? How many people have you touched? Honor does not lie in intelligence alone. Honor does not always sleep in the corridors of the powerful. There is honor in the small and quiet, there is honor in the ignored, weak, and forgotten. I am affected still by the shuffle-walk, haunted by hands held just so. So I honor him now by showing the world his face.

portrait 02 - detail © rl busséll 1982

portrait 02 – detail © rl busséll 1982 Oil on Canvas

portrait 02 - detail © rl busséll 1982

portrait 02 – detail © rl busséll 1982 Oil on Canvas

portrait 02 - detail © rl busséll 1982

portrait 02 – © rl busséll 1982 Oil on Canvas

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5 comments on “Honor

  1. Wendy says:

    Lovely.

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  2. “…strangers that become friends, friends that become strangers.” I have tasted of both and regretted neither. This is beautiful, both the words and the painting.

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    1. rlbussell says:

      Thank you. So kind. Twas good to connect.

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      1. Yes, it was. I love your poetry. Yours has a depth that I only hope for.

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      2. rlbussell says:

        You humble me.

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