Storms and Masterpieces

That storm
onerous, malevolent and demanding of attention
orange fires in white eye rage
screams under looming shadows

creatures of darkness
devouring
sympathies with pathetic laughter
critics are not the all seeing and knowing lot
they claim to be

missing those jettisoned in shackles
who drowned on stormy seas
tasting freedom in the salt sprays
tossed by the wind

leaving an artist
to wander in the maelstrom
of the forever moving landscape
a dog barks into the silent
yet torturous abyss
so begins the journey
of nothing left to lose

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9 thoughts on “Storms and Masterpieces

  1. missing those jettisoned in shackles
    who drowned on stormy seas
    tasting freedom in the salt sprays
    tossed by the wind

    … love that stanza, also the dog barking… life goes on.

  2. “so begins the journey
    of nothing left to lose”

    love those ending lines… and i know that feeling, perhaps all artists should exist forever on that journey, perhaps that is only place where the truth of art can live (something most critics can never understand). anyway, very well written, great flow and tone, enjoyed very much

  3. missing those jettisoned in shackles
    who drowned on stormy seas
    tasting freedom in the salt sprays
    tossed by the wind..nice lines here, Di.

  4. whrn you have nothing left to lose as an artist it can be a beautifully freeing thing as well….there are several hurdles i have had to cross in my writing and there will surely be more…critics are not the all seeing and knowing lot
    they claim to be…true that…measure their words well..

  5. this reminded me of a few painters that were torn apart by the critics and later sold their paintings for thousands or even millions of dollars..it’s good to listen to people but in this i think we have to find our own way

  6. I thought I already commented on this one? Getting old, I reckon!
    I love this, especially the finish. I think we are at our best when we believe there is nothing left to lose; that is, if we realize there is everything to be gained.

  7. Violent, powerful imagery that shows the feelings of when a genius is at work on a masterpiece. It reminds me of the feeling I get from a Van Gogh painting.

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