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Poet Versus Painter

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Poet Versus Painter

Kaleidoscopic leaf cover shimmers in the September sun casting shadowy and sunlit shifting pools of darkness and light on a multicolored graveyard. Sweet decaying scents permeate the early autumn environs while yellow oxeye sunflowers sway to an autumnal zephyr that whispers enchanting verses softly throughout the trees. ******** Never could a master artist paint like a poet paints with words. What subtle hues could he employ to capture a whispering wind, the sweetness of decaying leaves, inconsistencies of shadows? These intangibles are captured with colors of imagery that are discriminately mixed and depicted where the painter ruefully and completely fails, affixed to inanimateness whereas, the poet pens movement and complexion into his work.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:59:00 AM
    Please do not interpret this work as an affront to the Arts. My wife and I are current members of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art and we too recently viewed the works of Renoir and others. All I was trying to convey is how poetry can animate the true essence of a still-life. In this respect painting fails to express the intangibles that are undoubtedly going on as the artist paints ( wind, shimmering leaves, etc.) 9psh

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 9:52:00 AM
    Very interesting. you don't too often see people extolling writing over a painting when it comes to description, but not being a painter, I like to agree with you. Words can bring a greater depth to things that mere paint cannot show.

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 8:43:00 AM
    i don't know if i agree with you (after recently visiting some monets and van goghs), but you've done a fabulous job of painting some gorgeous images with your words here. a beautiful poem!