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The Unwritten Biography of Rambrandt -1620 - 1699

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The Unwritten Biography of Rambrandt -1620 - 1699

Without a word - you speak to me through particles of pigmentation
For centuries held within the grip of linseed oil
Where now I gaze upon  the many faces that you wore
And their beauty shakes  me to the very core
For in each one I see and  feel the life you lived 
All the different stages -  on which you played
Each faze of life - portrayed in raw emotion
So powerfully and brilliantly displayed:
Surprise, confusion, anger and mockery,
Humbleness, arrogance and gaiety
Contentment, resentment, agitation and condemnation 
Impatience, sadness, bitterness, and sorrow
And finally resignation  all conveyed - 
In vibrant shades of autumn leaves
That without a word, so loudly and profoundly  - speak to me.


Written:  July  8, 2011 - 0:03 a.m.
Inspired By Brian Strand’s contest: 
POETA -ANY FORM/ THEME max 15 lines

Awarded: 1st Place
Note from author as taken from Time Life Library of Art:

No artist has left a loftier of more penetrating persoanal testament
than Rembrant van Rijn.  In more than 90 portraits of 
himself that date from the outset of his career in the 1620's 
to the year of his death in 1669, he created an 
autobiography in art that is the equal of the finest ever produced 
in literature---even of the intimately analytical Confessions of St. Augustine.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2013 11:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win. Very interesting write!

  1. Date: 1/23/2012 11:06:00 AM
    Well done Laine, can feel your appreciation from here...!

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 11:51:00 AM
    For me, Rembrant has always been a brown study, so far as color goes - much of this is probably from the ravages of time, but his artistic content is, of course, beyond question. Inspiring write, dear Lainie. Love, daver

    austin Avatar daver austin
    Date: 10/2/2011 11:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I didn't know about the first place - way to go! daver
  1. Date: 9/17/2011 8:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your award of 1st place Lainie. You captured his soul essence beautifully. He is truly a great artist whose work is timeless and you express that well.

  1. Date: 7/31/2011 10:17:00 PM
    Congratulations for you well deserved win. I too love his work.

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 10:23:00 AM
    wow, I see you got a great placement with this,top honors and so well deserved. I LOVE this painter. Too bad more are not like him. thanks for your sweet comment on my balloon poem. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/19/2011 12:17:00 PM
    Wow, super impressive write - and I see it was a winner - first place! My congrats to you, Lainie : ) I always seem to miss Brian's results

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 11:14:00 AM
    great to see you on top of the heap, lainie... super congrats! :) huggs

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 5:58:00 AM
    wow! E.G., this was very interesting... Also i see you got a good win... congrats... and take care once again,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 4:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on the 1st Place win Lainie in Brian Strand's "Poeta" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/9/2011 6:25:00 PM
    How cool is this? Makes me want to read it...Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/9/2011 5:35:00 PM
    Congrats Lainie on your fabulous first place win in this Poeta contest my friend.. special words as always luv..

  1. Date: 7/9/2011 12:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your success with this beautiful and meaningful poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/8/2011 6:44:00 PM
    WoW! This is so beautifully done. Spoken so eloquently. Your admiration for the artist is plainly stated. Truly great. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 7/8/2011 10:22:00 AM
    Good luck in Brian's contest..Reads like a winner to me..I am sure it will get his attention..Sara