John Raynard - The Painter and The Poet




Twenty Six Souls

Medium Acrylic

Size 21" x 17"

Price $400



As anyone knows who has seen the movie “Titanic”, icebergs can be dangerous. They hide much of themselves from us. This painting also makes me think of the hidden depths of human beings. Ask any psychologist.

Medium Acrylic

Size 7 ½” x 9 ½”

Price $150.00



I stand on a bridge In Ajax, at Harwood and the highway
Onlookers in a crowd look eastward at the on-rushing traffic
Cars, trucks and a rambling train,
Against protocol the engineer sounds the horn
An older gent hands out mini-flags with a maple leaf the colour of blood
The sidewalk is filled with faces, brown, black and white - some looking blue from the cold.
Veterans bemedalled: police, men and women, firefighters.
An elderly man leaning unsteadily on his walker
Beside him, a young mother and child
The common "we".
Winter temperatures make us huddle a little closer to each other though the firetruck,
parked on the overpass, protects a few of us from the speeding wind.
Sirens wail below us, main beams light the way.
Black Cadillacs roll by, stretched limousines for the living, others carry the silent dead.
Above the motorcade, cold hands hold up fluttering flags
and wave at the entourage below.
Some with tears in their sad eyes.
Then Its over.
An impromptu commemoration for fallen soldiers, Royal Canadian Dragoons.
On the Highway of Heroes.
Pity. Some heroes have to die.

Copyright 2009 - John A. Raynard


Like ships in the night we meander like passers by
Lights twinkling aboard like fireflies in the sky
We speak not a word, neither "hello" nor "goodbye"
Like strangers on the ocean of life, sailing by
We look straight ahead silently.  Perhaps we're shy ?
Like ships at night we quietly pass each other by
Not wanting to intrude in each other's space, but why ?
Afraid of interaction we don't see eye to eye.

Copyright © 2006 John A. Raynard
March 2, 2006