Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Poetry quickfire


Discovered


Surreal to be sitting
on this afternoon pedestal
as the air rests quietly
hushed to perfect posture.

Daring to accept oneself
on a higher plane of worth
as the brush moves tenderly
awakened to hinted beauty.

When looking at paintings, I'm often drawn to portraits. I wanted to do a poem exploring that personal sense of elevation felt by the portrait model. When you look at portraits of women throughout history, the painter does seem to know what makes his subject shine within.

Renoir - "Tilla Durieux"

22 comments:

Trudy said...

I love the Renoir painting, don't think I've seen this one before?

The poem is fabulous too, very captivating.

Joanne said...

I like the idea of getting right inside the painting, to tap into the artist and model's senses. A great idea for inspiration, and gives a wonderful new dimension to the portrait as well.

bel said...

I love your poetry quickfire(s?). I'm almost inspired...

Will you write more in April with me this year?

Vicky said...

I had to go through this one slowly, several times as it hits me at different places each time I do... there is an intimate quality to your words and they pair so well with the painting :) Well done! Yes, I agree, about your observation of what the painter knows about his/her subject.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

The painter has AN eye to see
Inner pen's'ive suppressed beauty.
H'ears a horizon to behold
Which Shakespear fortold!

Lovely verses, I like the higher plane as we should all be raised to the heights of our wills and wants and not be judged for expressiveness craved. Good bless. I liked your pictures. Bye.

SwedishJenn said...

Lovely. Is it wrong to say that I could taste this?

Caitlin said...

Wonderful poem. It really resonated with me, especially the part about "daring to accept oneself." The models in portraits always have this sort of timid pride that shines through...
perfect.

Janet said...

I love to 'get inside a painting'!!! Thank-you for letting me experience this one! Thank-you for your comment as well.

Robyn Campbell said...

Kelly, lovely poem. Shining within. Uhhuh. I like it. When I look at portraits of women from now on, I will think of this poem. =) Thank you for sharing with us.

Yaya said...

Beautiful!

Corrie Howe said...

I love the poem, and I agree the artist usually captures the ideal beauty of the person. Probably because of all the time spent together?

Teri said...

Your words are so deep. I am constantly in awe of your talent, girl. :-)

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely poem. You've caught the model's feelings and it draws us into - not only into your poem but into the portrait.
I haven't seen this Renoir - truly beautiful.
Loved your quotes and portrait from Sunday Citar!
Thanks for stopping by.
Take care.

He & Me + 3 said...

Great job...I still don't know how you do it. How long does a quickfire take you to write?

Dan said...

Portraits are the cell phone pics of another age - the closest thing to a spontaneous pic possible back in the heyday. That's why I like them.

Lee Ee Leen said...

yeahh I love the Actors Studio too, it really makes you appreciative of their work.

Portraits express a truth that photos never can

☼¨`*•.♥RocĂ­o♥.•*¨`☼ said...

....♥Beautiful

Jenners said...

These go together just perfectly. Well done!

Don said...

Like the poem. Like it even better with the explanation. Perhaps an introductory stanza that suggests what the paragraph communicates? Then the poem is perhaps more stand-alone and contextualized? Perhaps. ;-)

Susan Fobes said...

Kelly, I love your choice of words for this poem. You really do paint pictures with your poems because my mind visualizes everything as I read this!

Gerri said...

Wow-well done my friend!

Jen said...

love the poem, painting combo!