Sunday, May 5

Unfinished

Voyage of Discovery

Bare bones lightning sketch,
tree branch arms;
face in focus.

Sky eats hair,
devours softer beauty,
leaves stark silhouette unsexed.

Result?

Uncomfortable wake of abandonment
follows artist on imagination's ocean
as her ship sails.

When I saw this Mary Cassatt's painting which Tess chose for her Mag 167 I was  overwhelmed by a sense of 'something not quite real' - possibly created in part by the title.  If it had been called 'Le Spectre de la Rose' after the ballet by that name, it would have caused me no problem. But 'Young Woman Picking The Fruit Of Knowledge'? That disturbed me. Hence my strange, not-quite-real-non-poem, poem for today.

 

19 comments:

  1. I am eager to see all the interpretations of this startling painting. Yours is interesting and unique.

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  2. The picture struck me in a similar way. Not finished and the head, well looks like a man ? Just like 'Le Spectre de la Rose' !

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  3. Lovely... I especially like:

    Sky eats hair,
    devours softer beauty,
    leaves stark silhouette unsexed

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  4. Offbeat and fresh; well done.

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  5. your poems are always so wonderful to read! Have a lovely week!

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  6. You are right; the painting has a disturbing feeling of non-completion.

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  7. Painting IS very incomplete and I like your interpretation.

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  8. The bare bones stretching away from the formed and colored portion of the body is definitely unsettling! Is the painting incomplete or 'disintegrating' ... that is my question. Your take on the image is so interesting!

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  9. Interesting that we can't see the fruit she is allegedly picking, although she seems to have her gaze fixed on it. I like the result you have achieved from the prompt picture.

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  10. Disturbing it is - but I loved the ballet. :)

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    1. Me too cad - will you book us some tickets for one soon?

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  11. I really admired how you tuned into the art so completely..thanks for the journey!

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  12. I enjoyed your 'strange' poem ....

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  13. Bare bones and sky eating the hair...brilliant...I think this piece is a study...an unfinished painting...perhaps that's why it's so unsettling to you...

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  14. Uncomfortable wake of abandonment
    follows artist on imagination's ocean
    as her ship sails

    Unfulfilled dreams and writer's block can the main pillars of frustrations to the artist. The idea is to soldier on and make the best of them. Nicely Jinsky!

    Hank

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  15. Interesting imagery - you really created an ethereal tone. "Sky eats hair" was my favourite line.

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  16. Where one thing begins and the other never ends...sky eats hair.. I like that, it encapsulates how everything is connected I think. Happy sunny day to you Jinksy!

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  17. I take your point. Disturbance creates disturbance.

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