The Invisible Invincible Bravery of the Uninsured


2013. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48″

If any of you know a doctor of medicine who has a practice with uninteresting art adorning his or her walls, please share this painting that I put up for sale today on ebay. It is for the compassionate health care provider. Even a registered nurse could afford it if Starbucks didn’t exist. I offer a layaway plan. In the painting there are two runaway cats awaiting what life has in store for them, the pleasures and the pains, while a turkey vulture waits patiently in the tall tree. It will get cold and bleak this winter. Worms are already multiplying exponentially in their intestinal tracts. They too are uninsured.

The price is a little high. I offered free shipping, and am a bit worried about how much it will run me. Tell the doctor there is wiggle room for negotiation.

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of
years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.”

—Walt Whitman


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