Sonnet by melodious

O city, city

To live between terms, to live where death

has his loud picture in the subway ride,

Being amid six million souls, their breath

An empty song suppressed on every side,

Where the sliding auto’s catastrophe

Is a gust past the curb, where numb and high

The office building rises to its tyranny,

Is our anguished diminution until we die.

Whence, if ever, shall come the actuality

Of a voice speaking the mind’s knowing,

The sunlight bright on the green windowshade,

And the self articulate, affectionate, and flowing,

Ease, warmth, light, the utter showing,

When in the white bed all things are made.

Delmore Schwartz

Acrylic and mixed media on Canvas
92cm x 61cm
Sept 2008


  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Wow, I hope you enter this one in the “Color Field Challenge.” Well done, I like it very much.

  • Thank you!

    – melodious

  • InnerNortherns
    InnerNorthernsover 6 years ago

    epic masterful work,,something very universal and worldly about it

  • thank you so much! I was actually inspired by the new redbubble challenge – the city… didn’t plan to paint a city today until I was inspired… and I just wanted to paint an experience – like music

    – melodious

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Mel, Absolutely gorgeous!!! Hugs, Sally xxxxoooo

  • Thanks lovely Sally!

    – melodious

  • cozycomfycouch
    cozycomfycouchover 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the cool tones and textures! Lovely overall beautiful!

  • thank you so much Maria!!!

    – melodious

  • here goes
    here goesover 6 years ago

    great texture, always a recipe for an amazing piece when you get to use those blues :o) fantastic work mel – love it!

  • Thanks so much J!

    – melodious

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 6 years ago

    This is So Briliant, I like how you have conceptualized the scene, the different elements of Light reflected. Well Done Melodious You have an amazing gift.

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 6 years ago

    The poem is exquisite, the climax of it’s express provoke much thought and gives a real sense of atmosphere and sophistication to ponder with the image. Super

  • wow Jason, thank you so much for engaging with this painting and the poem, I really appreciate your comments!!!

    – melodious

  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infanteover 6 years ago

    this is amazing! you should pass it through as an entry for the “city” challenge RB has! love it!

  • I was inspired by the new challenge today, so I went and painted this – so yep, I have entered it! Thanks Zaldy!!!

    – melodious

  • Tony Ryan
    Tony Ryanover 6 years ago

    Wonderful painting. To me feels like it has a very unique and distinctive energy emanating from it.

  • Thanks Tony, I’m glad you can sense the energy – there is definitely something going…

    – melodious

  • katsu
    katsuover 6 years ago

    Nice work mel

  • Thanks so much Katsu!!!

    – melodious

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