Poem: Partial Painting

Updated on July 15, 2018
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.

Are you usually the one who organizes reunions with friends?

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Is there a friend in your life that is generally known to be the nicest person in your circle of friends?

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© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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      Hari Prasad S 

      3 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Excellent poetry Li. I liked the explanation too, it helped to understand the metaphor.

      We do tend to sort friendships like a pallets of colors, each one is remembered for a reason.

      - hari

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Rinita. I see...paintings as a metaphor. :) Oh wow, flawless? That's too much. Unless you mean nice in the imperfect sense. Thanks! :)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Mark. Inner palette! Haha. Hope that works for you. All the best. :)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello Manatita. Thanks! I feel sweet already hearing sweet several times from you. :) Haha I did have time! Unfortunately, I will be more busy soon...:(

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      Rinita Sen 

      4 weeks ago

      There is something about paintings and poetry, they gel well together. Paintings have been the perfect metaphor for a wide range of poetry topics. Your poem here is an outstanding example of one of them. Enjoyed the explanation behind the stanzas. Flawless work, Li-Jen!

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      I have a small palette of friends. Working on my inner palette more.

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      Interesting Li-Jen.

      Your mind works in an intriguing way, Sweet and simple explanations. You seem to have time again. Great!

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Sean, thanks for sharing your point of view. I agree, love is a verb. And my pleasure. :)

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Love is action, my dear Li-Jen. Pride is an illusion of ego that makes people live in loneliness. You are never vulnerable when you act with Love. So, make the first move...

      That's what I see in this lovely piece of your heart.

      I like a lot that you give your perception of the poem, it is a first move...

      Much Love!

      Sean

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Jodah, thanks for taking time to understand by rereading and your feedback.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for rereading my poem! You got it. The spark is still there. Glad you spent time with your friends.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting poem, Li-Jen. This time, I admit, the meaning wasn't clear to me. I didn't associate the painting, colours etc with people's relationships. After reading your explanation however and re-reading I can clearly see the meaning. Nice work.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to red the lines over and over again to savour the meaning. Today, I have 6 friends I grew up with who came to visit us. We had a wonderful reunion and thanks to them for trying to make this happen. Someone has to initiate to make the relationship happen though the spark is there.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 weeks ago

      U have done it again Frank! Testing me to see if I have noticed your copy paste. x)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 weeks ago from Shelton

      Wonderfully written.. love it because it's fast paced and if.. again if there was a need for explanation.. you offered it.. I am impressed...:)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 weeks ago

      Haha. You too, keep writing. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 weeks ago from Shelton

      you too and keep writing it suits you...:)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 weeks ago

      Haha. Thanks Frank! Good to see you again.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 weeks ago from Shelton

      Wonderfully written.. love it because it's fast paced and if.. again if there was a need for explanation.. you offered it.. I am impressed...:)

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