A Thousand Times – for Prompt 8 – The Boy In The Red Vest

 

 

The Boy in the Red Vest by Paul Cezanne

The Boy in the Red Vest by Paul Cezanne

 

I have written this a thousand times
Tried cursive calligraphy
Complicated rhymes
Called you cruel and irrational
Then beauteous, sublime
I’ve written this
A thousand times

I have given you a thousand names
I’ve accepted all the infamy
Absorbing all the blame
I’ve bathed in ice-cold water
And writhed within these flames
I have given you
A thousand names

I have offered you a thousand words
Some of them so heartfelt
Some that are absurd
You are to me some sickness
No poetry has cured
I have offered you
A thousand words

IΒ prayed you’d be a thousand blessed
Worn my heart so open
On my blood-red vest
But it seems I’m destined
Just to fail this test
So I pray you’ll be
A thousand blessed

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

For howanxious’ Prompt 8 – based on the Cezanne painting above – see the prompt and howanxious’ great writing at http://howanxious.wordpress.com

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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 A Thousand Times – for Prompt 8 – The Boy In The Red Vest

  1. howanxious says:

    So heart-felt and emotional… Beautifully crafted.
    I loved the last stanza. It is endearing.
    Thanks a lot for participating in the prompt.

  2. annotating60 says:

    Really excellent piece. Good job with the prompt.>KB

  3. Chyau Inn (Portia) says:

    “I have written this a thousand times
    Tried cursive calligraphy
    Complicated rhymes
    Called you cruel and irrational
    Then beauteous, sublime
    I’ve written this
    A thousand times”

    Brings me back to punishment by teacher in the old school days lol but those were pretty fine times.

  4. Noora says:

    Very beautifully composed and extremely emotional piece. xx

  5. Cezanne was all about “composition” with very little significance about what is on the canvas. Fine art does not need a “reason;” it just IS.

  6. Skye says:

    You do incredible work with these prompts, Sis! I really enjoyed this. Very much!! xxxx

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