Elegance and Peace

I crave the simple image
The minimalist’s view painted on my inner most eye.
A soft pallet stroking my grieved and sickly soul
With it’s never too little, never too much easy flow of grace
Inviting me to rest my head
And forget.

I crave you.

I crave flowing pastures that meet soft blue horizons.
Never worried they are of
Thunder, threats and lightening storms raining despair upon settled ground.
No rose petals falling from skinny hopeless stalks or
Once hearty trees giving in to driving rain.
No, I crave a bloom coming forth from freshly sprouted earth and
Sun rays that compliment her efforts.
I crave this, this elegance, this simplicity, this conflict free existence.

Today I ask you not to offer up hurried flashes and trampling thoughts one over the other.
Don’t take me down paths to the world that once held me captive.
Today I ask for orange to make peace with yellow and not war across the page
Spilling on red, assaulting blue and running head first into black.
Not today, today I crave simplicity.
I need something simple, something elegant
As my mind is weary, saddled with burden, near to fail and never phoenix.
So I beg for rest, for reprieve, for mercy.

Show me no images of the war I fought and lost
Remind me not of times I stood dressed as a soldier
In tiny patent leather shoes and a frilly little dress
Beside my commander, my chief, my enemy.
I ask you
I beg of you
Show me no more sorrow
Show me no more pain.
Today I need simplicity.
Today I must have peace.

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This poem is about how powerfully moving art can be and how it is I use art for healing past hurts. Sometimes it can be overwhelming for me to paint high colour art. Right now my healing path seems to be taking me to softer hues and less vibrant colour displays. The goal is always the same, heal, paint, heal, paint. Some stones along the path are brightly coloured and others are softer, earthy tones. I see both as progress and regret no step forward.

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Comments

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...almost 7 years ago

    Excellent writing, magdalene

  • missmilly
    missmillyalmost 7 years ago

    Your Right ! Art can sooth the soul…..Milly!

  • Beautifuldreamer
    Beautifuldreameralmost 7 years ago

    This has so much heart in it, a heart bruised and weary but not willing to give in to defeat. Beautifully written.

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 6 years ago

    Fantastic piece and wonderfully constructed!!! And the message! Wow how powerful. When the time comes that we have had enough!

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 6 years ago

    awesome writing!

  • loramae
    loramaeover 6 years ago

    I must say this is one of the most honest and sincere calls from the heart and soul I have read in a long while…most eloquent writing! =)

  • This was a very nice comment to see first logged on this afternoon.
    Thank you,
    Austin

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • greeneyedlady
    greeneyedladyalmost 5 years ago

    i can really identify with these lines,

    Show me no images of the war I fought and lost
    Remind me not of times I stood dressed as a soldier
    In tiny patent leather shoes and a frilly little dress
    Beside my commander, my chief, my enemy.

    this is a lovely poem, full of glorious imagery and such a powerful statement of how important it is for all of us to learn to embrace simplicity within ourselves, to simply let go and stop grappling with the demons of the past…..

  • Somehow I missed your comment a long time ago. Sorry about that.
    Thank you. The lines you identify with for me are the most important lines of the writing. Thank you for acknowledging them.
    Faith

    – F. Magdalene Austin

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