A Rectangular Moon

Rectangular Moon

At the corner of 5th and Oakland in Austin TX, there is a house that sits like a leftover from the past, resting in the light of a rectangular moon. A moon that wants us to buy something, whatever is currently posted on it’s surface. As I was working on this image, I imagined  there was some homeless guy in there trying to get some shelter from the wind and cold and I saw him lay down on a dirty old wood floor, trying to sleep for a little while, having the glare from that big rectangular moon shine down upon him.
I wonder if this house is being torn down or restored? Either way – whatever comes next, it will be for someone who can pay for it and if there is someone sleeping in there now, with torn clothes, dirty beard and a head full of lost dreams, it won’t be for much longer.

Lay down your head, morning’s coming soon / sleep underneath a rectangular moon

a wallet with pictures of children and wife; old faded memories of an old faded life,

found in the hand of a man sleeping there,  far out of sight and yet he’s right here

and no one around will ever know what he was thinking as he laid there alone

maybe he dreamed better days would come soon,

as he died in his sleep in a cold empty room,

alone underneath a rectangular moon

Yep, I can be overly dramatic as well, but I don’t care. I made it up, but it’s all true. It happens all the time and we all just go on with life. Business as usual.

Color pencil on paper




About David Fridlund

Born in Sweden 1974. Moved to Austin TX in 2009 w my wife.
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4 Responses to A Rectangular Moon

  1. Sara says:

    Love ❤

  2. Galaxian says:

    And he’s not going to make $950 to help pay for it, either. The homeless conditions gets traded on for sympathy and funds by all sorts of the housed and moneyed segment of society, but hardly to the benefit of any of the homeless themselves. The guy probably likes having the billboard as a light source in case he needs to do something, or perhaps see someone else intruding into his domain.

  3. Galaxian says:

    By the way, that is a really nice drawing, and probably worth $900 if you can find a buyer. Best luck.

    • Thank you. $900 is a lot of money for me and I don’t expect to sell it, but you never know…I work full time for a nonprofit, so I try to work on my art whenever I can = early mornings, mostly, and if I spend 2 – 3 weeks on an image, then yes, it would be worth $900. Thanks again.

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