You can find the poem here: https://rifflesandslicks.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-landscape-by-carl-dennis.html
Appearance is everything, right? I know my parents have stressed that ever since I was able to dress myself. There are certain 'rules' we expect every member of society to follow and when someone doesn't meet those expectations, we judge them. In "A Landscape" by Carl Dennis, he uses the painting of a barn and barnyard at sundown to point out how ironic it is that we judge by appearances.
Dennis uses the painting of a barn and barnyard at sundown to suggest that, "We don’t always have to distrust appearances." Now this is certainly funny, because I highly doubt that the barn looks like it does in the painting all the time, so how can I not distrust appearances, but that is the point Dennis is making through his use of irony. He is attempting to say that,"...if we gave ourselves more often to the task of witnessing," we would be able to find beauty wherever we looked.
Sure in broad daylight the barn and barnyard might seem like a regular old barn and barnyard, but if we took the time to actually witness them, we would find, quite like the painter did, that they are both quite simplistically beautiful. Dennis ends the poem by stating, "When the usual veil of dust and smoke/ is lifted a moment and things appear/ to resemble closely what in fact they are." We can't judge things on just one passing glance because we just don't know. You don't know how beautiful that person may be when they are smiling, quite like how the artist wouldn't have seen the beauty in the barn and barnyard if they hadn't waited for sunset.