Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Mag 117

THE MAG  117



The Meal, 1891 by Paul Gauguin.  Photo posted by The Mag 117 as this week's theme photo.

From inside his studio
he brings
a tiny, airless room
to life upon his easel.

He has an unsurpassed talent
to spread magenta and yellow
as if he were buttering bread
with small yet visible strokes
engaging not just any red
upon his easel.

What once was a cold,
uncomfortable and deserted room
this artist favors his spaces
with bright colored bowls
and compelling shadows
even from this sunless room.

Not a floral pattern anywhere, just bold
ceramic dishes
and an exquisite selection
of luscious fruits and precious vegetables,
and one polished knife
seeming finished and yet,
the painter agonized.

What was he missing?
From behind, a small voice offered
"Many are smart, few are akamai."
The artist smiled.
and so he finished
after adding people
upon his easel.

You can view more of The Mag 117 here


Brian Miller said...

you taught me a new word akamai...i looked it up...very is that one touch often that seperates a true artist you know...

cloudia charters said...

akamai post!

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Leovi said...

Yeah, beautifully descriptive poem delicious.

Daydreamertoo said...

This is a truly lovely write. You have become the artist.
Really lovely.

Gail said...

Ah, inside the artist...good.

izzy said...

Spreading like butter !
and now I must go look up a word-

Laurie Kolp said...

You have painted a beautiful poem!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Nice tribute to the artist. I like spreading colors as if buttering toast. That's a great must cover the surface with just enough but not too much. Rather like writing a poem.

Little Nell said...

Well done Karen; you seem to have a talent for this. Lovely description.

Anonymous said...

enjoyed your take on the prompt
karen, a fine poem.

Trellissimo said...

You're right - he does spread the paint like butter...

thingy said...

I love how you brushed with the artist's hands. Yeah, I love the butter line, too. Terrific.

Lyn said...

I feel as if I'm painting the brush strokes along with the artist...akamai, will look it up..gotta be good!

ninotaziz said...

So often we look at what is plainly in front of us, and not the creator, in this case , the painter.

Thanks Karen!

Helena said...

People....the main ingredient! Loved this different take on the prompt!

Carrie Burtt said...

This is beautiful Karen! Hope you had a lovely Mother's day. :-)

JJ said...

Very good, Ms. Karen.

Karen S. said...

JJ - Thanks, that means a lot to me coming from you! You know art! :)

Karen S. said...

Thank you everyone for such nice comments, you've made me smile! It's like treading in unchartered waters when we begin these new adventures...and it's so much fun too!

Jenny Woolf said...

I love the words "magenta" and "yellow" together. Great poem, and good concept.

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful...Gauguin is smiling...and so am I...

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

You really are very talented. Are you another poet who doesn't know it?

Sue said...

Thanks for the new word.

This is lovely.


Christie said...

wow, buttering magenta like bread. that describes his style to a tee!