Artistically Starved

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
― Pablo Picasso

This absent determination
Watches over time that simply refuses to halt
In the face of a starved, diminishing soul.
Such creative impoverishment is this
Where words flee and stick figures reign
Breeding an utter lack of books –
The kind with sweet, homely pages.

Caught in this prophetic rattrap*,
With all its glorified noise and chases,
Where must one go to simply live?
Pray, show us the way to
Where paint blinds our sight,
Music paves the way
And words let us speak – truly.

“Literature, Art, and Fashion possess the power to transform the very essence of what we consider to be reality.”
― Prometheus Worley

*Rattrap refers to The Rattrap by Selma Lagerloff (excerpt given below). I don’t entirely agree with it but it’s the kind of thought that makes sense when I’m in a particular state of mind i.e when everything feels too loud and busy.

He had naturally been thinking of his rattraps when suddenly he was struck by the idea that the whole world about him — the whole world with its lands and seas, its cities and villages — was nothing but a big rattrap. It had never existed for any other purpose than to set baits for people. It offered riches and joys, shelter and food, heat and clothing, exactly as the rattrap offered cheese and
pork, and as soon as anyone let himself be tempted to touch the bait, it closed in on him, and then everything came to an end."

This was written in response to this week’s We’ave Written Weekly; W3 poetry prompt hosted by David @ The Skeptic’s Kaddish. This week’s prompt given by Murisopsis is to write a poem of 14 lines in any form or style on the topic of poverty (moral, financial, romantic, etc.). Please feel free to join in! Submissions are open until Monday, January 9, 10:00 AM (GMT+3).

Thoughtfully yours,

57 thoughts on “Artistically Starved

  1. “Where paint blinds our sight,
    Music paves the way
    And words let us speak – truly.” Gosh I LOVE those lines! This whole piece is so brilliantly thought out, one can feel the emotion you’re coming from. Just beautiful, dear friend. Absolutely love this one 🤍🤍🤍

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  2. When I saw your comment, I was hoping you had written today, and what a captivating write this is! ✨👏🏻

    These lines:
    “Where words flee and stick figures reign
    Breeding an utter lack of books –
    The kind with sweet, homely pages.”

    Be still my heart!

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  3. D, being born into a home without art, books, computers, and music puts a young child at a disadvantage when entering school. Programs like Head Start give disadvantaged children a chance to catch up with their peers. Your poem made me think about what it must be like to live in a home without the advantages others have.

    I hope all is well with you. happy New Year! ❤

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  4. Aw I’m so glad to hear that, Grace! This is one that’s close to my heart, so it’s incredibly humbling that you find it emotive! Thanks so much 🙌💖

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  5. It’s my pleasure! So happy to hear it made you smile!
    Absolutely! Your gravatar doesn’t seem to be working, could you please share a link?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, read and comment 🤗❤️


  6. I absolutely agree with that. Art just provides a different kind of atmosphere to grow in.
    My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts ❤️

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  7. Oh, absolutely. I can’t imagine how deprived the child must feel if they were brought up in such an environment. I’m humbled my poem made you think of that – it’s definitely something we need to do more to rectify.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!

    I’ve been doing okay! A tad busy with college but it’s all good! Hope you’re doing great!
    Happy new year, Cheryl! I hope you have a fantastic 2023!🤗❤️

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  8. I love the Picasso quote. It makes me not fear the advent of AI, no matter how advanced it becomes. Because art really does function as a way to wash our souls, and people who are looking for that will never look for something generated by a machine. Anyway, nice poetry!

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  9. I agree! It does hurt a bit to see AI generated art and poetry but I agree that art is fundamentally rooted in human emotion and soul. Can’t deny AI is being tremendously helpful for academic writing though 👀😂
    Thanks so much, Stuart! Much appreciated!


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