“It is life’s work to recognize the mystery of the obvious.”
– Jim Harrison
The artist paints the night he sees
through the window of his chamber.
Cobalt on the brush,
vibrations he strokes
onto the canvas –
he senses them.
His mind delivers
red spot confluences
that pulse through
him into his painting.
his psyche; his vision
is one of scaling –
Zinc yellow, then
cadmium to the pulsing
stars that vibrate and gyre
in his torment’s eye.
Tonight Vincent represents
the agitation of the light he paints.
With wakes, eddies he brushes
to life on the sky, he is recording
scales of motion eyes cannot see
and will not computate, possibly
ever – beautiful the forms
of turbulent spins, swirls.
Or only the vorticity of an inclement mind.
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Day 28 of Jilly’s “28 Days of Unreason.”
I want to thank Jilly for originating this challenge two years ago! Jim Harrison’s poetry is not for everybody — it’s for those who see the poetic in the natural world, in the trials of life, and at the edge of insanity. I have grown as a writer and a poet through my interaction with these prompts. Thank you, Miss Jill! It’s been a wonderful trip.
Posted at dVerse, Open Link Night.
“We all know that Art is not truth.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,
at least the truth that is given us to understand.
The artist must know the manner whereby
to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
― Pablo Picasso