Painting Life–Poetry Potluck


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Linked to Jingle’s Poetry Potluck where this week’s theme is sketches, images, impressions: http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/

Painting Life

a Rhyming Tercet

Were you to draw this life in black and white,
the lines would then be hard and unforgiving—
no subtle shades to ease the journey’s plight.

With color’s tones and even shades of gray
the world assumes her nuances of beauty—
the lights and shadows of our every day.

So you surrender paint and page and hand
unto the artful muse who lurks inside you,
allowing her to guide you thought and pen.

You smear the color orange and then the yellow
to taste the sweet scent of the Scottish Broom
and forge in black the loamy earth below.

Now play with texture to confuse the senses
and add perspective, draw the viewer in.
Create illusion to obscure pretenses.

You will take risks when you engage in art,
allow your soul to bleed on canvas bare.
Be sure you understand this ere you start.

Photo: Max Wehlte

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21 thoughts on “Painting Life–Poetry Potluck

  1. “You will take risks when you engage in art,
    allow your soul to bleed on canvas bare.
    Be sure you understand this ere you start.”

    Beautiful lines and applicable to any creative art, be it painting or writing. Loved it,

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  2. Bodhirose says:

    I find more than one meaning here, Victoria–art and life parallels. Wonderfully done.

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  3. tasithoughts says:

    “allow your soul to bleed on canvas bare” powerfully true….captured so well in the whole piece.

    Great work!

    JP

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  5. ladynimue says:

    You will take risks when you engage in art,
    allow your soul to bleed on canvas bare.
    Be sure you understand this ere you start.

    and that whats make a brillaint creation – be it words or paint !
    Thanks for the amazing post 🙂

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  6. Teri C says:

    Oh this one is just wonderful. I can so relate!

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  7. honeyhaiku says:

    Gorgeous piece, Victoria…full of pictorial beauty!

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  8. Lyn says:

    Trust the muse..that is ourselves! Beautifully done..

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  9. yelena m. says:

    fantastic interpretation of the Potluck theme, Victoria.

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  10. A.B. Thomas says:

    There are just so many layers that your words could apply to ones life

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  11. I love this. It does applie to poetry and I love your interview with Helena. She is an amazing writer and yourself as well. Thank you for the nice comments on my post and the visit. Susie

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  12. Chimnese says:

    this was beautiful,i like the form nd flow amazing

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  13. Beautiful and I agree wonderful metaphor =)

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  14. seabell says:

    You paint a very good allegory of life here!

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  15. Your words as usually paint wonders! This is my favorite part

    play with texture to confuse the senses
    and add perspective, draw the viewer in.
    Create illusion to obscure pretenses.

    Perfect!

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  16. Jingle says:

    smart metaphor,
    painting life is easy, but not easy to get the perfect images.

    Happy Potluck.
    🙂

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  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Victoria, this is wonderful and captures the process … and as you say the same can be said of poetry. Delighted! 🙂

    I like that you point out it’s a risk. Well done.

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  18. leah says:

    so glad i came hear. now i understand what the theme is fully. next week I’ll get. great read.

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  19. Timoteo says:

    Great advice at the end!

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  20. jgavinallan says:

    Love this…I feel it goes for what we do here. Writing for me is adding color to life, past present and even future.

    “We take risks when you engage in art”…prophetic—life also…
    lovely

    Jaye

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