Painting Life–Poetry Potluck

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Painting Life

Were you to draw this life in black and white,
the lines would then be hard and not forgive—
no subtle shades to ease the journey’s plight.

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

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

You smear the brightest orange with yellow
taste the sweet scent of the fair Scotch Broom
and forge in black the loamy earth below.

Now play with texture to confuse one’s sense
and add perspective, draw the viewer in.
Create illusion to obscure pretense.

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.

Submitted to Jingle’s Poetry Potluck where the theme for this week is ART!


32 thoughts on “Painting Life–Poetry Potluck

  1. ogungbesan20 says:

    Are there still beautiful writers as you? This is just awesome. Thanks for sharing. I love this.


  2. Kalahari blues 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.

    you will not know it but I learn alot from you Victoria !


  3. Chimnese says:

    so beautiful and u r right painting can become your life…as i have been sketching for awhile now and whenever i sketch i seem to trigger my own emotions inside the sketch whether its in the eyes of the far all my paintings express what i feel at the moment…


  4. Bodhirose says:

    Wonderful message in your art here!


  5. Oh wow this gorgeous! I love the whole concept of this poem awesome job!


  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    Absolutely beautiful!


  7. Words are colors and colors are words. A creator is deeply acquainted with both.


  8. J Sirrah says:

    Wonderful 🙂


  9. Liv, you make the whole process so alive, so vital, so freeing… now I want to paint! Wonderful take on the prompt – and a beautiful example of giving oneself to the muse. Amy


  10. meethimirchi says:

    its refreshing to see colors in the poetry 🙂


  11. A.B. Thomas says:

    I loved this!


  12. Wonderful poem. x


  13. Very nice! Lovely words and the picture makes it work even better for me.


  14. kez says:

    Great perspective on art …lovely write, thank you


  15. Lovely poetry, I enjoyed reading this piece very much


  16. Wonderful word painting, makes me stop and look and listen


  17. seabell says:

    So you went for bold colors… 🙂


  18. Colorful journey through life’s value! You could easily say life is art, as long as you see the colors, even if they’re only shadows of the grey, it can still be a painting worth millions!


  19. Shashi says:

    Oh !!! I enjoyed this so much and so perfect for the Poetry potluck… your muse that lurks within has a way with words and colors.. Its so lovely and brilliant…Thanks..

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya


  20. jgavinallan says:

    Victoria…really great description..use of colors as scene setters.
    I love this post…color makes the world.


  21. Beautiful, life isn’t lived in black and white but in all full and vivid colours, lovely prose to relect that


  22. Luke Prater says:

    Great use of colour here V. Hey and wonderful news that you’ll be involved in d’Verse Poets… it’s looking good… I raise a glass…


  23. dragonkatet says:

    LOVE this! So, does art imitate life or life imitate art? 😉


  24. brilliant art/poetry entry, you rock.


  25. Mama Zen says:

    I like this! There’s so much truth to it.


  26. souldipper says:

    I like your gentle warning at the end, Victoria – if you are going to jump in, there may be some surprises. Love the picture…that artist doesn’t look even slightly nervous!


  27. DW says:

    I often say, building a good verse is like painting a beautiful painting, you’ve done it very well here 🙂


  28. brian miller says:

    nice…art is all about the risk…when you are unwilling what kind of statement will you make…surrendering to the muse as opposed to our will as well…sweet moments…


  29. mish says:

    Lovely reflection on the theme ART , which incorporates different art forms !


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