The Unfinished Picture


The Unfinished Picture

The unfinished picture
Hangs framed on the wall,
Of the grade school,
Right down the hall.

The children see it daily,
Passing to and from class,
Though it stands against
What the teachers all ask.

To finish your work,
Is a “golden rule”,
Which the teachers always say,
A rule of the school.

Only partly done,
Not to be hypercritical,
But up there, not finished
Is pretty hypocritical.

“The Athenaeum Portrait” incomplete
by painter Gilbert Stuart is no mystery.
The principal merely undertook
To inform children about history.

The depiction of the school’s namesake,
The Father of Our Country,
George Washington
Is who it is, you see.

Kids love President Washington,
Who did so much,
To help begin our country,
In God he did trust.

But how can this portrait
Be in the hall?
Concluded –
It wasn’t all.

To not finish
Is a poor sample.
To not finish
Is not a good example.

[This poem not completed
because deadline to publish
before Presidents’ Day.]

                             — Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Washington did trust in God and is a good example for each of us.  The painter made
money from copying the painting, but never finished the original.

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