August 4, 2011
Haiga 623 Jerry Ball haiku - name
Haiku by Jerry Ball. Artwork by myself.
Just because I painted her hair yellow does not mean I drew a white girl. Women with golden hair are everywhere among Japanese women, too, nowadays. Men are also for that matter. Somehow black hair looks heavy and stuffy so many want to dye to lighter color especially in summer season. I am almost all grey so I do not need to worry about that.
Names. I forget names, too. I am basically a visual person, having good memories of how a particular person look like, like facial parts, but not names.
Just yesterday, a man approached me with a smile. Obviously he knew me, and he looked familiar. He began talking about Kosuke Kitajima, a Olympic gold medalist in swimming. Then I remembered him. He was one of the staffs at Tokyo Swimming Center. I had done design works for the center many years ago. Kitajima was with the center then, and surprisingly enough, when he wore swimming suits I designed, he began to win competition one after another. The man praised my works as lucky desgin. We laughed and talked some more, and departed. All the while, his name did not come back to my brain.