"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."
Eckhart Tolle

Monday, April 18, 2011

Black Hexadecimals #18-NaPoWriMo - A Portrait Poem

If I were to paint your portrait
beginning with a 9B Derwert
sure to contour asymmetric lines
so they lift up off the canvas
showing how delineation
sometimes exists in perspective 
I’d apply my brushstrokes
vigorously, making broken combinations
similar to ones inside your ambiguity  

No child’s watercolour could be utilized,
much too innocent for this painting,
to reveal the murkiness
residing within your structure; 
pastels are too light and airy for portrayal

alkyds work well when attempting to
convey darkness held inward
withstanding years in passing

Subsequently setting you out
in lightning with teeming rain …
watching you warp in its frame

31 comments:

  1. No ambiguity about this piece/portrait - definitely not someone you'd get on with.

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  2. Dark is exciting, I often find.

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  3. This is one of your best, Pamela. I really enjoyed the images you produced. Though I disagree with the dismissal of pastel - Jock has done some brilliant, strong portraits of interesting people, and pastels are his medium of choice.

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  4. Such subjects can never be truly captured.

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  5. Excellent, Pam. I love how the poem gets darker and darker as I read. So strong: "watching you warp in its frame."

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  6. This is excellent, Pamela. Wnile angry in tone, it does capture an essence of cruelty. The last stanza slams it home. Well done!

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  7. You really are writing some strong poetry at the moment!

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  8. Well done! So beautifully written.

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  9. Like how the choice of materials reflects the anger felt. Could feel those heavy broken strokes, see them being applied. Wonderful way to get rid of the reality of those feelings. Really like this one, Pamela,

    Elizabeth

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  10. A passionate, commanding poem, Pamela, with so much important detail.

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  11. Wow, that's some portrait. I love "making broken combinations / similar to ones inside your ambiguity". That's a great line. Ambiguity in a poem is a good thing, but no so much in a person. And that last stanza - a strong statement, such a good ending.

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  12. Love the way you painted this portrait!

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  13. Hard to get on with someone who is GREEN, if you catch my drift, Stan.

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  14. Funny what some prompts do to you, Dave.

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  15. Viv, certainly one of my darkest, as of late. I wasn't dismissing pastels, merely trying to make a comparison. I don't think pastels could convey the darkness of this particular individual. Whereas, oils would do the job quite well.

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  16. Somethings are just too hideous to conceive, Ron.

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  17. I can think of one I'd like to warp, Mary.

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  18. I was trying to capture the cruelty of some individuals. I am delighted it read that way, Brenda.

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  19. That might be true, Tilly. There's always one bad apple that spoils the cart. I am only attempting to capture their essence.

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  20. Elizabeth, most definitely a liberating experience, though I am not sure I have completed the transition.

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  21. Ambiguity in people is a pain in the ***, thanks for the compliment, Mr. Walker.

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  22. I can do it in words, Andy, but to put it to canvas ... I am afraid would be quite grotesque.

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  23. Marianne, more loathing than passion on my part. I am sick and tired of the warped obsession of certain individuals.

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  24. Wow, this is so strong in its darkness, I get the feeling this portrait would look a lot like the picture of Dorian Grey. Well done!!

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  25. What a dense character this is (paint wise). You make me want to get paints and slop them over my canvas in hopes of bringing up these kinds of characters. Good work!

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  26. Sounds like somewhere, hidden away in some closet, is a portrait of a lovely, caring man who only gets sweeter with time!! George Sanders, LOL. Your use of brushstrokes to communicate not only density of character but the eventual fate in the rain, great stuff! Amy

    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/willing-to-eat-worms-day-18/

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