Posted in Art and About, Verses

Beyond the Impressionists

La Nappe Blanche (Nature Mort aux Cerises) [The White Tablecloth (Still Life with Cherries)] - Paul Gauguin, 1886
La Nappe Blanche (Nature Mort aux Cerises) [The White Tablecloth (Still Life with Cherries)] – Paul Gauguin, 1886
remembering

long-ago

museum trips,

staring

wide-eyed

at paintings,

at pictures

once seen

in books.

 

a litany

of names

tripping

clumsily on

a child’s tongue

at first,

but the

fascination

with the

exotic

allows for

improvement

in accent,

in diction;

and soon

a child

whispers

these names

properly

with reverence:

degas

sisley

morisot

renoir

cézanne

gauguin

van gogh

pizarro

matisse.

 

and one

learns

the story –

the pathos

and pain –

behind each

and every

masterpiece;

the loneliness

the madness

the agony

the ecstasy

that propelled

brushstroke

after glorious

brushstroke.

 

and the

child

grows up

into a

woman

of passions

ruled,

to verses

given,

who uses

the lessons

of these

masters

on a

different canvas

in a

different medium

but the

passion

kindled so

long ago

burns

just as

brightly.

 

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Author:

Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended earlier this year. These days, she works for a corporate governance advocacy in Makati. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel.

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