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The Abstract Painting - A Poem

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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

The Poem

Through rain and storm she walked

And entered his dingy room

“It is now or never,” she thought

Left it to fate to assume


Dark despair in every brush stroke

Faded colors in every solemn touch

The room was filled with nothingness

She couldn’t seem to comprehend much


“Is this really the work of his life?”

Dismayed she turned around with a scorn

A step ahead and lightning struck

Making her weary and forlorn


Spending the night with abstract art

Was the very last thing in her heart

As the storm slashed the window pane

She decided it wasn’t time to part


The hourglass spoke of empty thoughts

Carelessly she glanced at the canvas

The disguised lines straightened out

The shape of a face with an impetus


Curiously she sprang to the mirror

That spoke volumes of her beauty

Of her ageless smile, and tender eyes

And her thick black curls, so cloudy


Jaws dropped, she looked around

The room was filled with reflections

Of her forgotten and lost self

Priced above her own perceptions


A sudden jolt, and bright sunshine

Awoke her from her untimely trance

She graced the paintings around the room

With another mesmerized glance


The paintings sold for thousands

The galleries filled with patrons

The most appraised, however, remained

On her wall, for eons after eons


Explanation

The story told through this poem reflects the value of abstract art. While patrons of paintings seem to always realize this value, there is a large group of people that condemn abstract art as they are not that simple to understand.

The poem essentially is a story of a painter who passes away unrecognized. His paintings are later discovered by a woman of his acquaintance, and as she walks into his room hoping to see some beautiful paintings, all she sees is abstract art, which makes no sense to her.

After a while, a miracle occurs, and she sees through the storm the real value of the paintings. Lady luck herself visits to restructure some of the colors and shapes of the paintings to reveal the woman's face. She realizes that all this time the painter was in love with her, and could not tell her. So he chose to hide his feelings in his abstract paintings.

She views every single painting with this new outlook, and begins to understand. The paintings are finally highly acclaimed, and sold at exorbitant prices. However, she retains the one painting in which she first saw her face, which made her understand the real worth of abstract art.

© 2011 Rinita Sen

Comments

Rinita Sen (author) on November 02, 2018:

Thank you for visiting this piece, shimmering Dawn. I love landscape and portraits, too, and this was my attempt to understand abstract art as much as an attempt for my readers. Glad to see you again.

Dawn on November 02, 2018:

Lovely narration. True, not everyone understands or appreciates abstract art. I for one keep away from abstracts unless i am fascinated by something in them that grabs my attention right away. Landscape is more to my taste.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 01, 2018:

Thank you, Rajan. Yes, they can be tough, unless you know the artist, or have an inclination towards this kind of art yourself. Thanks again for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2018:

Abstract art is difficult to understand no doubt. Brilliantly penned!

Rinita Sen (author) on April 02, 2012:

Thank you Sue. Glad you liked it.

Sueswan on April 02, 2012:

Hi Senoritaa

A beautiful masterpiece.

Voted up and away!

Rinita Sen (author) on January 24, 2012:

That was very sweet of you epigramman. Cannot appreciate your heartfelt comment, and your linking my hub enough. Have a great day!

epigramman on January 23, 2012:

.....ole my pretty little Senoritaa - OLE!!!! I will see you south of the border with this artful ode to art on my Facebook page with a posting and a direct link back here - and your writing just simply takes my breath away - lake erie time ontario canada 1:13am

Rinita Sen (author) on December 29, 2011:

Thanks a ton Eddy. Truly appreciate your sincere comment. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on December 29, 2011:

What an amazing hub I really loved it and look forward to many more like this one.

Amazing !!! Has to be voted up up and away.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 28, 2011:

My pleasure!!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 28, 2011:

Hey Audrey. Yes you are right in identifying the essence of the poem. Thanks a ton for your thoughtful comment.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 28, 2011:

The room was filled with reflections

Of her forgotten and lost self

I love this line and in some ways for me--this poem is about this line--beautifully done!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 28, 2011:

Thanks a lot for reading caroline. Your heartfelt comment is appreciated.

Caroline Marie on December 28, 2011:

Gorgeous poem Senoritaa! Love your use of language.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

@alwaysexploring: Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. I know its sad, but the painter's love beyond death made his paintings priceless. :)

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

@thelyricwriter: Thanks a million for those votes. Your thoughtful comments made my day.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 27, 2011:

Wow, The story that connects this piece to abstract art is beautiful and sad that she had to find out about his love after his death..Loved it..Thank you..

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on December 27, 2011:

Up, awesome, and beautiful votes Senoritaa. This is a great poem and the art was beautiful. Everything works as one. Well done. Hope you have a great day and catch you later.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

Thank you Frank for the visit and the warm comment. Always appreciated :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 27, 2011:

Senoritaa.. fantastic write I love the idea to this poem :)

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

Thanks for appreciating it to this level, Verita. Your comment made me smile.

V Qisya on December 27, 2011:

Yep, you're so right, Senoritaa. Not everyone could understand and appreciate abstract art.

Anyway, this is such a MASTERPIECE. I love it all. The paintings are REMARKABLE.

Simply AWESOME. Up, up and away!

Best Wishes, Verita

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

Thanks for visiting guyjackson. I am myself not much familiar with abstract art but try to comprehend them in my own way. Glad you enjoyed.

Guyene Jackson from USA on December 27, 2011:

great poem, great images so there arts. I am not much familiar with the art but these paintings are really beautiful.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 27, 2011:

Glad you liked it raciniwa. Yes I know what you mean. Every time I see an abstract painting I try to visualize its hidden meaning.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on December 27, 2011:

great poem...glad that you have chosen this one...abstarct has a deep mystery to me...