14 : Masterpiece


You’re a Monet
You’re a Picasso
You’re a Rembrandt work of art
     You’re my most cherished sweetheart

You’re the glitter in every raindrop
You’re every color of the rainbow
You’re the sparkle in the sun
     You’re my most cherished one


Why I wrote Masterpiece:


Continuing with the visual arts momentum from which I was drawing inspiration from at the time, I wrote several other poems relating to the painters mentioned in Masterpiece and applied them, as well as other artistic themes, as metaphors to express various thoughts and ideas.

Thoughts of you often crossed my mind while doing so, as they often do, and in-between the poetic art gallery I was assembling, I wrote this one for you.


How I wrote Masterpiece:


You’re a Monet
You’re a Picasso
You’re a Rembrandt work of art
     You’re my most cherished sweetheart

Although I appreciate the works of the mentioned artists, you must realize by now that I don’t adhere to the same artistic techniques. The drawings I created aren’t based on any specific or recognized art technique. Much like my writing, they simply stem from my imagination.

Choosing to compare you to art-pieces created by recognized artists was a metaphor to express how magnificent and original you are. Just as every child grows and develops into their own person, you did so through much love, attention and care from your father, myself and other close relatives and friends who could very well be interpreted as the “artists” in this poem. But an artist is nothing without an inspiration. And a masterpiece is nothing without both of those.

The indentation on the fourth line is to indicate the change in rhythm as well as to emphasize the shift from metaphoric thoughts to literal ones.

You’re my most cherished sweetheart


More about how I wrote Masterpiece:


You’re the glitter in every raindrop
You’re every color of the rainbow
You’re the sparkle in the sun
     You’re my most cherished one

The second stanza of Masterpiece takes on nature’s theme, one of which I often fall back on when writing poetry.

My move to the west coast brought intense and increased awareness of nature’s incredible beauty and magnitude. Your birth, which brought on similar emotions, was so closely linked to this, that it’s often impossible for me not to associate the two when trying to describe memories, thoughts, or feelings about you.

Just as you brought so much joy and happiness into my life, when writing these lines, I drew on some of nature’s most beautiful wonders and outstanding features – natural masterpieces within every single unique item.

You’re my most cherished sweetheart


Drawing from the poem:


The image for Masterpiece is simple, pure, and not confined within any boxes. It moves like a dancer – freely, unabashedly, elegantly and beautifully. This is how I chose to portray you for this poem, it’s how I remember you as a dancer, and in many aspects, it’s how I think of you as a person.

Dance was an art form you loved and excelled at. You were dedicated, attended every class, showed great respect for the instructors, and you applied yourself to develop the techniques and routines wholeheartedly. In addition to all of that, the magnetic presence you brought to the stage while moving with grace, confidence, and ease, made you a better dancer than I had ever been.

I hope you will find a way to return to dance, in some capacity or other, to compliment your busy days as you excel and prosper in your career and throughout your life.


Thank you for inspiring me to create Masterpiece


Masterpiece

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