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Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)
TITLE: Never To Return
By Leo Jolin
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It was nearly 3:00pm as Bob stared wistfully out the schoolroom window. Where had the time gone? He wondered, realizing it was the last chance he would have to enter.
All entries for the art contest had to be submitted before leaving class today or they would not be accepted. Three months had quickly passed since his teacher had made the announcement.
Now, with the last few minutes dwindling, Bob stretched his mind for an idea…none.
Turning so that he could leave his seat, the scene appeared. Bob stared for a brief moment then quickly darted to get brushes and paper.
Choosing watercolor as his medium, Bob quickly and deftly painted as the few remaining minutes ticked by.
Beating the deadline by scant moments, Bob handed the picture to his teacher. She looked at Bob’s submission briefly then dismissed him.
Bob’s entry would go on to win first place at his high school, first place for the district, first place for the state and third place in the New England competition.
Bob had painted a single Elm tree as seen from the schoolroom window. It’s leaves, mostly fallen to the ground, were vivid yellows, reds and oranges. Beside the tree, as if forgotten, sat a tricycle, with fallen leaves laying on it. Clouded in loneliness, the tricycle’s handlebars displayed limp plastic streamers. The grass upon which the tricycle sat was brown, and the few remaining blades further attested to a time gone by.
Titled “Never To Return”, my brother’s painting now hangs on my living room wall.
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