March 2005 Winner: Carol Hogan, Hurricane
Honorable Mention: Polly Dunn, The
Honorable Mention: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, Sea Story
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The Artist's Model
by Polly Dunn
“So, who am I again, Martha?” he
asked, fingering the bowl on his pipe.
“You are Ernest Hemingway in the Old Man and the Sea,” the woman
said with a nod of her head. “And you really do look so much like him,
dear” she said smiling.
“I think I look more like the Gorton’s Fisherman…..I ought
to be selling frozen fish or something…” and he fidgeted a bit with
his yellow slicker.
The woman stood in front of a large easel and playfully slapped at the canvas
with broad strokes of yellow paint while her patient husband indulged her craft
and posed a few yards in front of her.
“I liked it a lot better when your hobby was baking. You made one heck
of a good apple pie. I liked helping you then…eating is a lot more fun
than posing….when we’re done here, let’s go out for some fish
to eat…what do you say?”
“All you think about is food,” and she shook her head.
“You could maybe pay me for my work by baking a cake?” he questioned.
“I would even settle for chocolate chip cookies…” but he could
see he was getting nowhere.
“Try not to think about food, Henry” and she gave him that look that
wives so often give to husbands who try their patience.
“I’m only thinking of you, dear,” he smiled as he said it.
“After all, aren’t you going to want the best Santa Claus model around?”