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The Perfect Painting

I could not refrain from asking what it was that made her sigh When each picture that she started she took down. I wondered why. The young lady was forthcoming; said her thoughts were fresh and bright Every time she started painting nothing seemed to turn out right. Then she glanced at my own painting and declared that it was great She remarked I found it easy to imagine and create. Well, I smiled and softly told her that it was my special brush That afforded all the wonders; careful handling with no rush. So I told her she could use it, to be gentle for a start Till they reached synchronization so that both could play their part. What about the other brushes? Do not fret or give a hoot Mine will be the instigator, all the rest will follow suit! I went off to have a breather while she went to work anew Gave her time to get on with it then returned exact on cue. I could see her face was radiant and her work intense yet cool She expressed appreciation at my most fantastic tool. I will let you on a secret; I have played a hidden card For my brush is only normal. You were trying just too hard! You can paint, you have it in you. To your talent be not blind. As you see there is no magic; it was only in the mind. So good luck with your endeavours. Some advice, precise and brief You can make the perfect painting; all you need is self belief. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: This poem was written to pass on a message to all those who suffer from low esteem. Self-belief is the way forward. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Author: Paul Callus Contest (Favourite Poem...) sponsored by Carol Eastman Placed: 1st

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Date: 4/11/2015 1:24:00 PM
Hi, Paul! This is a marvelous piece. You, Dietrich and Lamoureoux have written so much during my absence. I definitely have to read these new-to-me poems.
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Date: 4/12/2015 9:11:00 AM
How are you Ivo my friend?!! It's been a while! Missed your presence on Soup. In fact I have often checked to see if you're posting or not! Hope to be reading more of your special poetry:) All the best. // paul
Date: 6/28/2014 11:50:00 PM
Great wisdom here, Paul! I love your writing!
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Date: 6/29/2014 3:18:00 AM
Thank you Hija; you're welcome to visit anytime:) // paul
Date: 6/19/2014 2:49:00 PM
Too late than never congrats Paul, You're a chief in our poetry clan..RRC
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Date: 6/22/2014 5:47:00 PM
Many thanks RRC. So glad you found time to stop by. cu // paul
Date: 6/17/2014 11:37:00 AM
An amazing write! Congratulations on the win and thank you for entering my contest... I can write my poems but can't seem to take them beyond this community and friends... My fear that no one else will like them... holds me back.
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Date: 6/17/2014 5:08:00 PM
Thank you Carol; it was an honour taking part in your contest:) You should not hold back....if you are brave enough to show them here, then you have the ingredients to exhibit elsewhere! It's a matter of self-belief:) // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 9:03:00 PM
Paul, you are one of my favorite writers.. This winner is a really good example why. You don't read your poems you interact with them. Congrats on hour top placement!
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Date: 6/16/2014 6:26:00 AM
Thank you Dave! I try to do my best and then I leave it to the readers to judge me...like I judge others. There are certain writers whose style really appeals to me (you being one of them) and can't help looking out for their new work. cu my friend. // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 7:06:00 PM
I like this one very much. Congratulations on a winner. Love, Joyce
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Date: 6/16/2014 6:15:00 AM
Glad you enjoyed this, Joyce....I loved your wild river, too. May you have a nice week. // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 6:59:00 PM
Paul, thank you for the reply... Hope you are enjoying this Father's day evening... Linda
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Date: 6/16/2014 5:46:00 AM
Thank you Linda. Had a lovely day. Was treated to a tasty meal in a restaurant overlooking the sea....a serene atmosphere; loved it. /x/ paul
Date: 6/15/2014 5:42:00 PM
Congratulations dearie Paul.. :D!!! i didn't notice this contest was there.. :D? anyhow, is this your fave poem in all your poem list? mmmmn (raise eyebrow) lools.. :D anyhow, again, ill tell how I see this poem before.. :) I see myself in those lines you penned.. :) but still I believe what I have isn't enough thus I still pray for God's grace and blessing any endeavor i undertake.. :) but i love the message in this.. :))))))! with this i like juice.. :D! cause it will be maybe afternoon there?
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Date: 6/16/2014 5:40:00 AM
Hi Olive_eloi:) Raised eyebrow? You r right...it isn't, but I was out for redemption...needed some feedback on it. I will have a nice cold fruit juice...it's very hot today! Nobody will ever be perfect, so there are always new things to learn; you are on the right path:) Here it is 12.41pm. // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 6:07:00 AM
Back again wid big congrats Paul ! N here it goes into my fav ,, really awesome !!
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Date: 6/15/2014 3:46:00 PM
Thank you Upma for your return with congrat. wishes, but even more for inserting my poem in your favs. I am honoured!! You are awesome:) // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 5:50:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your favorite poem, congrats on the well deserved win, Paul
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Date: 6/15/2014 3:41:00 PM
Thank you Dr. Ram; my pleasure to share and to have you visiting. // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 3:50:00 AM
Well Done Paul and belated congratulations on winning in the contest. Verlena
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Date: 6/15/2014 4:22:00 AM
Thank you Verlena for the wishes; I am surprised the results came out already; will have a good look at the winners' list. // paul
Date: 6/15/2014 12:12:00 AM
Awesome win Paul. Love ~SKAT~
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Date: 6/15/2014 3:18:00 PM
Many thanks Skat! Lovely of you to stop by:) // paul
Date: 6/14/2014 10:59:00 PM
Paul. Congratulations with your own "Favorite Poem, entered in Carol's XOOL contest... Yeah, we all Win... What a sweet Deal... XOX~ LINDA
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Date: 6/15/2014 3:21:00 PM
Thank you Linda:) Your visits are ever so welcome! /x/ paul
Date: 6/9/2014 11:37:00 AM
So inspirational and a wonderful life lesson you have created with this fine work of art, Paul. Elaine
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Date: 6/9/2014 2:48:00 PM
Thank you, Elaine! So glad you found it to your liking. [Just read your poem to father....beautiful!!] // paul
Date: 6/4/2014 7:31:00 PM
Wonderful poem Paul, I am having trouble at the moment trying to think of a subject for a poem, but I guess I will get there sooner or later, just don't hold your breath. Take care..............Vera.............
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Date: 6/5/2014 3:55:00 AM
So glad you like it, Vera! The secret is never to try too hard...that gives mental block. Sometimes it's enough to see a headline on the news to start you off. Hum a fav song while you're cooking and instinctively you'll find yourself a phrase that will give you the push! You WILL get there:) Take care. // paul
Date: 6/4/2014 10:48:00 AM
A perfect and outstanding portrait painted by your creative words my dear friend Paul. So love it and enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you good luck in the contest my dear friend. love lots and big hugs, Leonora
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Date: 6/4/2014 11:58:00 AM
You are so kind Leonora! I very much appreciate your lovely comments...and the hugs! thank you my friend :) // paul
Date: 6/3/2014 5:26:00 AM
Wow thats simply great ! beyond words to appreciate ,,, its just perfect Paul ! gl in contest,, surely a winner !
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Date: 6/4/2014 11:09:00 AM
Hi Upma! your comments are sweet music to my ears!! I do not go looking for praise, but when it arrives it feels very satisfying! Thank you :) // paul
Date: 6/1/2014 10:59:00 PM
A perfect picture you paint with such wisdom my friend. A wonderful inspiring write that was q true pleasure to read!! So much so away that it goes into my fav!!!!!
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Date: 6/4/2014 11:05:00 AM
Hi Robert! I am glad that the message in this poem has been passed on to others. It is a satisfying experience! Thanks go to you and your brother:)
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/4/2014 8:14:00 AM
My older brother is a painter and quite good one too. I sent it to him and he phoned how much he loved it.. Thank you for the inspiration my friend!!!
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Paul Callus
Date: 6/2/2014 5:06:00 AM
Hi Robert, thank you for reading and feeling inspired! I appreciate the fact that you found it worthy enough to fav it!! I appreciate it :) // paul
Date: 6/1/2014 2:38:00 PM
Ahh, so it wasn't the brush at all! Lord knows, we all wish we had magic brushes from time to time, but as you convey eloquently, people just need to take time and find their own way to make art "perfection." A wonderful entry for Elly's contest, Paul. Wishing you success! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 6/2/2014 4:42:00 AM
Hi Carolyn! This is the type of feedback that I look for; it's a pleasure to read your comments! It's always lovely to have you stopping by. /x/ paul
Date: 6/1/2014 3:10:00 AM
This is wonderful Paul! It allows a person to take a good look at what might be holding them back--themselves! Your rhyme is so light and lyrical it could easily be made into a song. This is so impressive, it is sure to be at the top of the winners list. It has my vote!
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Date: 6/1/2014 7:57:00 AM
Thank you Connie for not only reading, but also for taking your time to delve into the heart of the poem. Your feedback and vote are very welcome! // paul
Date: 5/29/2014 1:29:00 PM
This is something that everyone should read, no matter what kind of art they are interested in.... You have written beautiful words of encouragement here, Paul. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful poem! Good luck in Elly's contest!
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Date: 5/29/2014 4:18:00 PM
You are right, Kelly. We all have talents; it is important not to waste them, but to make good use of them. Most of all we must never belittle ourselves...self-belief is the secret of success. Thank you for your lovely remarks...and the visit :) // paul
Date: 5/29/2014 4:35:00 AM
Imagination in a painting that isn't a painting. beautiful write Paul!
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Date: 5/29/2014 12:56:00 PM
Thank you Kristy, both for the visit and for the nice comments. // paul
Date: 5/28/2014 6:00:00 PM
This is a beautiful poem. One you can picture in your mind. I can do a lot of things, but painting is not one of them. Good luck in the contest.... Lucilla
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Date: 5/29/2014 12:47:00 PM
Thank you Lucilla...so glad you enjoyed this poem! Maybe you cannot paint with a brush, but you know how to use your pen :) We all have our own special talents. Take care. // paul
Date: 5/28/2014 7:10:00 AM
a wonderful and encouraging poem Paul gl in contest hugs
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Date: 5/28/2014 11:33:00 AM
Hi Shadow! Thank you for stopping by:) your lovely comments never fail to encourage! cu /x/ paul
Date: 5/27/2014 11:52:00 PM
this was a very clever idea for your poem. it's a fun one and very well written!
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Date: 5/28/2014 9:06:00 AM
Hi Andrea! Thank you...glad it passed the first test :)) // paul
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