Action Figures

She squinted at the painting. "What the hell is that she's holding?"

"It's an old vacuum cleaner. My grandmother had one of those, an Electrolux."

"So she's vacuuming, naked, and her kids are flying around with action figures and torches. Also naked."


"…and the cat's watching."


She stared for a long, uncomfortable time. "I don't get it."

"Well, you know, it's symbolic."

"Of what?"

"If I had to guess, I'd say it's about the heroic nature of motherhood," he said with a shrug. "But I'm probably wrong. You'd have to ask the painter."

"I just don't understand art."


  1. this poem is so real, luv it have a nice Sunday

    much love...

  2. I do see that interpretation! Well done!

  3. very astute. I like how you've blown up the image... I like the dinosaur on the step, rawr!

    1. I actually reduced it from the native resolution, just not as much as the Mag did. :) Thanks for reading!

  4. Sometimes I don't either, but I do like what and how it can make me feel! Bewildered or not!

  5. I never thought I'd ever view a pair of flip flops in a work of art - but there you go...! Enjoyed this piece and it's running symbolism.

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    1. Really, it's the look on her face that makes it for me. She's almost Soviet-propaganda-poster material in her determined expression.

    2. How right your are! Love this clever observation of yours.