6 year-old neophyte angler
begins his journey
surf fishing with his Father
steadies the rod
practices the cast
until a nod from The Master
says he’s ready
ties the lure, live bait
on the hook
extends the leader
bait-casts into the sea
bare hooks all—
both are joyous
fling rods over their shoulders
bring empty pails
back to Mother
© Veronica Michalowski April 11, 2017
Peter John Paul Michalowski, age 6, Seaside Heights, New Jersey;
photograph taken by his father, Peter Paul Michalowski, dated summer, 1957,
A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, I received my B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts, Design and Photography.
My career focused in the fields of ideation, branding, marketing, merchandising, packaging and display design, having created for such firms as Microsoft, Epson, Canon USA, Neutrogena, Crayola, Calaway Golf, Geoffrey Beane, Sunkist, Mattel, as well as many California wineries. I have built and worked with outstanding design teams and received both national and international recognition, many awards and acclaim for exceptional design, including two CLIOs.
Interspersed with this creative work has been a contribution to the educational field, having taught fine arts at California State University, Fullerton as well as Riverside City College, Mount San Antonio College, Laguna College of Art and Design.
I continue to design and paint, travel, read everything and write often, especially poetry, do crossword puzzles daily, love to cook, savor fine wine, collect fine art and antiques.