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The Old Guitarist

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The Old Guitarist

Blue is the colour, blue is the period, blue is the mood
As Pablo's mind sunk, on the meaning of life he did brood.
The death by his own hand, of a friend that was close
Left Pablo the poor artist quite depressed and morose.

His feelings from deep down within his soul
Could only be expressed by his brush, his goal.
To show how he hurt and affected was he 
He painted the guitarist, the one that could not see.

A blind beggar stooped and cold, a guitar in his hands
Not strumming just there, muted background looking bland
Muted colours of blue that makes one feel so cold
Of the half staved, freezing guitarist, that looks terribly old.

The oil tends to blend on the panel lacking some colour
To express his heart weary soul, his colours ever duller
The guitarist is stretched, elongated, looks almost dead
All the feeling of Picasso in his life, this picture said.

Look at me, I am starved of love money and bread
No colour in my life, perhaps I am better off with the dead.
A reflection on the times on society way back then
The hopeless, the wretched, Pablo caught with his pen.

On the bland background of blue, a guitar painted dull brown
The guitar in his hands, the player blind with a sad frown
Was he a symbol that the blind have inner vision yet can see
The dejection, the poverty, the misery of times lost on you and me.

His period of blue lasted three long years before it was then spent
He changed his style with his moods as his emotions were pent
A poor artist who suffered with his moods as we all can do
He expressed them with pen and brush, much the same as me and you.

© 23/01/2013 
Contest Entry.
The Old Guitarist By Pablo Picasso

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  1. Date: 2/10/2013 8:07:00 AM
    Mandy congrats on your win. An exceptional write I thought. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 8:57:00 PM
    Mandy, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win in Heather's "Famous Art" poetry contest. *Goodnight~LINDA

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 8:06:00 PM
    Liked this one. I can almost picture it. Congrats.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 4:50:00 PM
    You put a lot of thought into your poem on that painting by Picasso, Mandy. Good job!!! Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 3:08:00 PM
    congrats on your win Mandy

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 2:51:00 PM
    One of my fav painting! Congratulations on your win, Mandy! Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 2:34:00 PM
    You hit the nail on the head with your closing lines. Congratulations on your win, Mandy. Love, Su

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Mandy, you've outdone yourself with the awesome descriptions in this poem! I loved that you made the colour blue a consistent theme throughout - it's perfect for the "coldness" that comes across in Picasso's painting. Wonderful job. Congratulations on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 1/25/2013 2:04:00 PM
    Amazing write about Picaso's painting. I enjoyed it. Thanks Mandy for visiting my Senryu Love and for your kind words about it -Mohammad

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    Date: 1/25/2013 2:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mohammad much appreciated xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 5:57:00 PM
    Mandy, you've reylly captured the painting's depth with your words... bravo... Terry

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    Date: 1/24/2013 3:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Terry smashing comment xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 2:35:00 PM
    Yes, the poet sometimes expresses his or her moods in their writings..Enjoyed reading this one..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

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    Date: 1/24/2013 3:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara I don't think we can avoid it really as it comes from deep within us xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 10:51:00 AM
    An excellent tribute to Pablo Mandy, thank you for sharing this wonderful write, I must go and check out his art, love xxx

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    Date: 1/24/2013 3:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Rosie I am not a great fan but sometimes well, we find things in all things xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 9:26:00 AM
    Seven stanzas of sheer brilliance,, Mandy,, if this written from visually looking at a painting of the subject,, you certainly bring it to life for the reader,, if not,, the imagery and your poetic prowess is superb....you bring both the artist and his subject to life here,,amazing poetry...

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    Date: 1/23/2013 10:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Why thank you kind sir, Oh boy I do love you commenting on my work, you make me feel brill. Thanks xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 9:16:00 AM
    Reads like a winner! I never was too keen on Picasso, though I did like some of his realistic stuff [early works] and he was one heck of a womanizer! Light & Love

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    Date: 1/23/2013 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    i was studying one of his paintings in Caesar Manriki's bubble house in Lanzarote, He is not an artist I like but it was this memory that gave me the inspiration xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Sheesh Mandy this is great. you hit the note today hun....Seren

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    Date: 1/23/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Awh thanks hunny bunch I appreciate that xx
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 7:50:00 AM
    Poor old Pablo! Like many great tortured souls from the past, his mind was on the edge! A great write dear Mandy Tams... hugs, Jack xox

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    Date: 1/23/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jacko , how you doing xx