Last summer, during one of those cloudy days when the sunlight forces rays of warmth around the edges of the clouds shortly after the rain, I stopped to take in the beauty of all that was around me. That's really what "Southern Poems" is all about. Taking the time to notice the beautiful seconds in our life. It is now winter as I write this. The sunflowers have long since faded and a new year is upon us, but the sun-kissed glow of summer is captured in this oil painting.