At the Art Museum

At the Art Museum

A Poem by kentuck14

AT THE ART MUSEUM

Two young people,
a man and a woman
are viewing
an anecdotal painting.
They talk and laugh
loudly, appearing to
enjoy each other’s
commentary.

Following in their wake
of playful chatter,
I try to understand
the reason for their
merriment.

The painting is
whimsical, amusing,
it makes me smile,
but it’s hardly
laughable.

Then it strikes me:
such laughter is meant
to be shared like
electrical charges
jumping from one
person to another;
frivolity is a dynamic
connection, a distinct
interaction between
human perceptions.

I see this picture,
at best, as amusing, 
for I  encounter it’s
intention solely
on my own. Clearly,
there is a thin line
between solitude
and loneliness.

© 2019 kentuck14



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This is very true to life. Its very clever how you have used the medium of the painting to explore human interactions. First the couple reacting to the painting and each other. Then your own reaction to them and to the painting. I am a bit of a loner myself and I know there is a big difference between loneliness and solitude. The other truth in your poem is that we all experience the outside world in different ways.
I think your poem is what poetry should be about - exploring the human condition.
Cheers,
Alan


Posted 1 Week Ago


kentuck14

1 Week Ago

Alan,
Thanks for the astute review. Yes . . . exploring and witnessing.
Tom
Those thin lines are everywhere it seems.... I am constantly reminded that one mans meat is another mans poison.... Nicely observed & well poemed.... N

Posted 1 Week Ago


kentuck14

1 Week Ago

Thanks Nev for the words. Maybe I'm hoping those thin lines will have some affect on my not so thin .. read more
Neville Pettitt

1 Week Ago

On the contrary.. I do believe ya.. every word.. N
I have rarely been to an art museum but I didn't think it was to study and reflect on peoples behavior
I will need to be re-versed in the art of museum musing

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


kentuck14

1 Week Ago

Ahh Dave, art museums these days are "multi-media"
you can do everything in them . . . well, .. read more
"frivolity is a dynamic connection" I especially liked this line. You might have been in that museum by yourself, but you were not lonely.....those who can entertain themselves are never bored, are they? I liked this a lot. Lydi***

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


kentuck14

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks, Lydia . . . yes I agree with your assessment.
We always have our imaginations . . . b.. read more
Lydia

2 Weeks Ago

Smiling here!
dang. you've got it exactly! put into words something I've known to exist but never heard or seen described before, which is my core drive for reading and writing. I can just picture the couple laughing together for reasons that transcend the painting itself. beautiful

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


kentuck14

2 Weeks Ago

Liz,
Thanks for you thoughts . . . I would be interested to know more of what you mean in thi.. read more
lizardbrain

2 Weeks Ago

Oh I feel like one reason why I'm drawn to books and poetry and try to do my own writing is because .. read more
and the speaker realizes he is lonely....
so lonely...
this is such a well painted scenario in words that you describe.
Like feeling alone in a crowded room...or not getting the joke that everyone else is in on.
j.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


kentuck14

2 Weeks Ago

J.
I guess there is a certain amount of loneliness in this poem . . . we were created to be s.. read more

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kentuck14
kentuck14

Lexington, KY



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Started reading and writing poetry while in the Army some years ago. I picked up a book of poems by Leonard Cohen in a bookshop on Monterrey CA's Fisherman's Wharf and went on from there. I've had sev.. more..

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