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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Black and White

Franz Kline, Figure Eight, 1952
You lay the strokes with confidence
a master calligrapher
Awed
I watch as you create the piece
I think I know where the next brushstroke will land
but you change course
following a sketch that only you can see
(or is it all improvisation?)
You say questions of perception versus reality are pointless
that we can argue endlessly about interpretation
but it really comes down to black and white:
Either I believe you 
or I don't

I don't.

submitted for The Mag, Mag 127

21 comments:

Brian Miller said...

questions are power, and choosing not to believe, our perception....

Pearl said...

I don't believe him either.

Pearl

Jinksy said...

Perception of truth is multi-faceted...

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Mmmm...we all paint pictures, don't we? Nicely written.

Tess Kincaid said...

Me, either...

Heaven said...

Nice take...the ending was a master stroke of emotions...i didn't see it coming ~

Dave King said...

No, neither do I. I'm with you!

Mynx said...

Sounds a bit like my ex.
I should never have believed him either.
Wonderful poem

darev2005 said...

Most artists, when they are talking about their art, are full of snap. They don't really have any idea "Why" or "how" they do what they do. They just do it. If an artists starts talking about perceptions and juxtaposition and stuff like that, you can be pretty sure they are just full of snap.

Wayne Pitchko said...

nicely done...thanks for sharing this

Marie Elena said...

Well done, Lolamouse!

Marie Elena

Marie Elena said...

Well done, Lolamouse!

Marie Elena

Tumblewords: said...

I don't either. :) Nice piece!

Kristin said...

Your talents are endless! I love this - and wicked below is, well, wicked! SO happy you found your way to the blog and SOC - and I look forward to more with you in the future. Thank you, xoxo

zongrik said...

it's wonderful to watch a master work

dark feathers dead crows

Helen said...

I like the 'review' perspective of your Mag!

goatman said...

I like the dimensionality of this.

Pat Tillett said...

I believe you...

Helena said...

Nicely crafted indeed!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

I don't know whether I believe him - it's all personal perceptions...

Anna :o]

Bee's Blog said...

Nicely done. I don't either!