Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, May 23, 2011


The artist's paradox: 
image source

To capture a moment
To recreate it
     With paintbrush
Destroys the moment.

Putting a frame around it
means one is no longer
in the moment 
but an observer.

The mystique is gone
for the artist
but is evoked again
in others.

submitted for May Poetry Challenge, Mystique, at Verse in a Nutshell
and Poetry Potluck 36, Sketches, Images, and Impressions, at Jingle Poetry


Lyn said...

That's quite a point of view to ponder..perhaps the artist puts her soul into what could be just a passing moment..keep doing it!!

Mama Zen said...

I like this a lot!

Fireblossom said...

I really like this, Your Mouseness. I always think this, when I see someone with their face stuck behind a video camera all through some wedding or graduation. I think, put the camera down and BE HERE, you're missing it in the moment.

Jingle said...

wow, this one is divine.

I am completely blown away by your take.
have fun today.

Laynee said...

Oh how true this is. So very true.

James Rainsford said...

True, and I love the empty frame. It seems to hang waiting for inspiration.

thingy said...

Ooh, this is so interesting. Deep thoughts, indeed.

poetry-diary.com said...

It becomes so many more moments as you say - another mystique. The best moments give birth to so many more and gain in doing so. Like your poem.

Brian Miller said...

there is a great line in the movie 'boiler room"...paraphrase...the moment you lay your hands on a conversation you become a salesman, trying to sell your point of view...i get this...

Krislin Neo, Ting (Syracuse Pike) said...

Hmm, I love the expression on the frame.. how one turns into observer.. *thumbs up*

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Christine said...

Recreating always changes the real story behind the image, or memory. It is the now, that tells the true story, well said.

moonscribbles said...

love the thought in this one, lovely :)