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Poem: Partial Painting

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Inspired by Infinity War

Inspired by Infinity War

Partial Painting

Colours blend harmoniously,

Palette a brush’s motion,

Original cases retain identity,

Drip dry interest forgotten.


Spillovers fail to converge,

Swallowed by baseless sheet,

Never to be merged,

Just outline no quit.


Lingering traces,

Passionate caresses,

On this plainness,

Not mingling.


Painting is partial,

Mixture is offensive,

Trying pigments,

That stay passive.


Poem Meaning

Colours blend harmoniously,

Palette a brush’s motion,

Original cases retain identity,

Drip dry interest forgotten.

Colours blend harmoniously means that there are people who form a strong connection with us. Palette represents those certain people who motivate us to be ourselves just like how an artist is motivated to paint (brush's motion). You share that part of yourself that you don't share with some. Those people whom we share a strong connection with may be far away or unavailable. You feel that only them can make you the happiest person in the room. Know that the happiest moments don't last forever and some of the best things are not for free.


Spillovers fail to converge,

Swallowed by baseless sheet,

Never to be merged,

Just outline no quit.

Both parties do not make the effort to meet up (converge). Affectionate feelings are not confessed between them which emphasizes a groundless relationship. There only lies memories (outline no quit).


Lingering traces,

Passionate caresses,

On this plainness,

Not mingling.

You still want to linger longer around them and are attached. However, nothing materialises. No relationship is pursued.


Painting is partial,

Mixture is offensive,

Trying pigments,

That stay passive.

The painting is partial because when nobody initiates a move or either one is waiting, the painting is incomplete. Mixture is offensive is because people are reluctant to hurt their pride if one has to initiate.

© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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