So Pretty -------------------------------------------
He only paints in the colours of bruises
because all that's real to him is pain,
so the sky is the purplish blue you get from a swift blow.
Night is the grey black of a blackened eye;
earth is the yellow brown of fading contusions,
and the irises he paints for his lover
are the peculiar purple you get with blood beneath the skin
for inside of him rests a soul beaten black and blue,
and his artwork constitutes a cry for help
that no one can see because it's just so pretty.
this was an exceptional piece of work. the beauty of the colors juxtaposed with the abuse was very original and vivid. and the last two lines are brilliant. actually, the whole piece is! wonderful work, dumplin!!
There is a kind of universal truth when I hear about things of real beauty emerging from pain. I think this write was remarkably exceptional - the way it has captured the essence of that truth. It's left me a little stunned.
wow... this is so confusing... i mean the colours are SO gorgeous but when you realise the violence they come from its like how can smething so painful and hurtful sound so beautiful... i really like this!
I agree with the idea you presented here of a man so full of pain, and so bruised by life that he can only paint in the color of bruises.
My opinion is that lines 3-4-5 could be omitted completely and still the thought would be translated clearly to the reader. They would see the colors in their own perspective and don't really need the point to be driven home so hard.
He only paints in the colors of bruises Because all that's real to him is pain And the irises he paints for his lover Are the peculiar purple you get with blood beneath the skin For inside of him rests a soul beaten black and blue And his artwork constitutes a cry for help That no one can see because it's just so pretty
These words are beautiful and complete the image in my mind quite realisticly. Very well said.
This poem is breathing out pain (and it's pretty.) Every word here is carefully thought out. Beauty often does come from pain, but this is heartbreaking - that no one gets it. I am totally talking in circles. I love it.