Painting joy

Inner storm - Erik Zakhia - painting - sky

It brings me such a brisk joy

to have finished a painting of my own

and wait until it has dried to photograph it

While correcting the picture I ponder upon the sense

of the painting I’ve just painted

And when I come to write about it

I feel waves of happiness within me

I’m like a fish living in an aquarium

suddenly thrown into an ocean

I delve into its depth looking for all its wonders


Awaiting the painting that dries can be frustrating too

when I use too much water, when I add layer upon layer of paint

I feel a storm of words raging within me

but I’m divided on what to write

on which painting to use

on whether to wait mine has dried up

or find a correspondence with one of Chantal’s paintings


I realize while writing this poem I must paint and draw more often

creating visual images helps me make use of my left arm

when while writing I use much more my right arm than my left arm

my right brain than my left brain

that’s how I will win over my shadows which stem from my left side

by drawing and painting, I burn the fuel shadows use to kindle themselves

I create obstacles in front of my rolling cravings


Tonight I hold a new little piece of the puzzle to wholeness

It is writing about my painting that brought me to this new realization

And that’s why I love doing it so much

Watching my spirit as a tiny new star appears in the sky

as a new light is born, a new bond forms



“A lull in the storm” is a watercolor I painted


About Erik Vincenti Zakhia

Dear all, I will share with you many of my poems, short stories, drawings and paintings telling of my journey of self-discovery and my reflections about life, love, art, spirituality, sexuality, kundalini rise, and twin flames. You will also come across many paintings by Chantal Peguiron that are intimately related to my artwork. They all fall within the realm of Hazen. If you like it, don’t hesitate to subscribe and follow me on social media! May you have an inspiring visit!

One comment

  1. Hello Erik,

    You really have excelled in explaining in this post the dynamics, joy and ecstasy surrounding both the act of painting and the appreciation of a new work of art, plus the hemispheral specialization of your brain in relation to both the synergy and dichotomy that exist between painting and writing.

    This watercolour painting conjures in my mind a region of bright nebulae in the deep space, even though you might have intended it to represent something not even remotely related to astronomical phenomena in the sky. Nevertheless, SoundEagle would like to reciprocate and resonate with you through a special post published at

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