7th grade art class assignment: We’re going outside to the bridge to draw a tree.
The bridge was rickety, it was plain.
It crossed a creek you could step over.
But the trees around it were tall and stately,
So we all drew tall stately trees.
The instructor was drawing as well.
But when he finished, we knew exactly which tree he’d drawn.
Ours were blobs of green on brown sticks.
He smiled and said, “Draw the space between the leaves,
Draw what you don’t see.”
THEN we drew our trees.
He taught us how to see.