Marguerite Gérard - Artist Painting a Portrait...

Marguerite Gérard – Artist Painting a Portrait of a Musician – WGA8606 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Am I your canvas
Oh artist!
For your greatest work?
Pressed by oil on silk
Butterfly on a pin
The colours changing
Constantly, from light to dark
Am I the flame
That burns within
Or just a failing spark?

Late afternoon
In your studio
As light fades
And you stretch your stiffened neck
Am I the final brush stroke
Almost insolently placed
An afterthought or a prelude
To an even greater fall from grace?

Even if you’ll never
Truly paint my face?

Am I the canvas
For your visual poetry
Taken harshly and debased?
Or just a memory
Lost in the background
Of a time you have replaced?

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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13 Responses to Canvas

  1. Noora says:

    Absolutely amazing read!

  2. barbrowe says:

    Helen, As always, I love your posts. As a Professional artist as well as an Author, I can relate. Take Care, Barb

  3. Ohhhh, I really loved this one!! 🙂

  4. Very lovely!

    I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World blogging award. Helen, your friendship means so much to me.

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