poem: We Paint the Sky

poem: We Paint the Sky

A Chapter by Marie Anzalone

for EP, may you live your dream

 

We paint.

We paint because we see.

We paint because we feel, hear, smell and taste more.

We paint because 250 generations of oppression;

    the sight of machine guns pointed at our knees

         and the smokestacks of crematoriums

 has never been enough to silence the voice of a free man

                       or woman.

 

We paint.

    In colors, and tones, and in clay.

       In voice and word and prayer and deed.

      We paint in synch, we paint outside the lines;

we paint each other, and our selves.

           We paint what we feel, we write what we see.

         We paint because to stop painting

is to permit ourselves to die.

 

We paint the walls that encircle our bodies,

     we paint the doors that permit us entrance

              into sacred spaces,

   we paint the births of genius and

the death of innocents.

             We paint bones. We paint the sky.

 We paint ourselves into corners,

                 we paint our minds free of traps.

 

We paint because we love too much,

   and we are too much present with the nature of things.

        And when our hearts feel broken enough

   from grief and the despair of not knowing

            we paint our emotions in bitter crimson

slashed with electric blue.

 

And when we sing with joy, we paint that, too... golden tones

     and golden notes and golden words dripping honey.

  We paint our anger into black swords to pierce our enemies

and we paint our desire into the shape of the spaces

          of those who would fill our hearts.

              We paint our wishes for the world

            on the feathers cast by doves

                  and let them fly into the morning breeze

           every dawn.

 

We paint because there have always been those

         who would hold us down and break our spirits

between the rocks of conformity

             and we've learned to just say "f**k it,"

  there is no guarantee of anything

  in this life so get busy living it.

          The road of most resistance starts

at the doorsteps of our hearts,

     and we have painted every bleeding foot

                       along the way.

 

And still still, there is more to describe-

     we paint because drawing breath is an agony

and exhaling an exstasy

      and somewhere in the space in-between 

                we think we once found a truth;

 and the eternal part of us desires 

                  to share this truth at all costs

 

only it's never quite how we pictured it, 

          and it's never quite received the way we want

and the paint drips with our own blood

                the handles of our brushes are our own bones

our own tears become the words to our most beautiful love songs

             and we know we'll never get it right before we die-

getting up every morning and facing our own limited truth

        is a courage so divine

             most men quell and women stay enslaved in silence.

 

As transgressors we are punished for our audacity

         and we are shunned by our families-

                     our excesses are weighed in pounds of flesh,

and those who love us most for our art

                 also hate us for what we do to ourselves

                               to hold on it

 

and yet... with every last breath we draw in this life,

           we somehow look out into the world

and pick up our brushes

             sharpen our tools,

                  and with bent and broken spirits,

faltering hands, and despairing minds...

 

... we put pen to paper, brush to canvas...

           and we paint.  

 



© 2012 Marie Anzalone


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This is really very nice. Readable, and there's a sort of power here that's immediately tangible to the reader. I think you do end up repeating yourself a little near the end and I think there's a few things you could cut, but really, that's a very minor issue. You've presented this very well and your message is relatable and very, very well-done. Good work.

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Marie Anzalone

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I used reptition on purpose here, to create a space large enough to contain my friend. I am sure I f.. read more



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Keep painting! This is a poem of truth and strength. Wonderfully written.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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Lovely.. this actually feels more prose than poetry..
We do paint, each day..for if we did not paint new portraits, where would fresh beauty come from..
reminds me of a discussion I had recently with someone over the sky..We both love the ever changing patterns of clouds. I said, "I like to think when we curse the sky for pain we endure, and a new set of clouds roll past it has carried our pain away".. Hence, the universe is painting us a new portrait..a new beginning..

I have always enjoyed your writing Marie and will try to read more often.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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we are here to do this, to find the short and long moments, this is an opening poem the self is debating the dialectic uses of its own freedom. i think there is great color in the things you write which is like painting using all of your brushes and all of your various paints. thanks

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ur lines are really nice , plsz do me a favour by reading mines too "QUEST OF LIFE"

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we paint because drawing breath is an agony
and exhaling an exstasy
and somewhere in the space in-between
we think we once found a truth;
and the eternal part of us deires
to share this truth at all costs

it is what sharing is all about..infact , creation is all about...it is a magnum opus, dear mary..it is one of the most lovable poetry i have read

Posted 9 Years Ago


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You know Marie this is really beuatiful,
such amazing imagery, I really enjoyed your write.
I have been reading your writes and I think You are truly gifted.
Keep writing always.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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' .. and yet... with every last breath we draw in this life,
we somehow look out into the world
and pick up our brushes
sharpen our tools,
and with bent and broken spirits,
faltering hands, and despairing minds...
we put pen to paper, brush to canvas...
and we paint. '

If ever there was a woman with a more empathic heart and spirit. let the world display her here and now! Your words are magnificent, your sense of everything unselfish and good shines out from superbly expressed words. Nothing but nothing can truly show the tragedy of life but you, dear friend, have come close, you're an artist in every field.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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It seems like it was one of those Wyeth boys who once said, "There is a creative soul within each of us, as there was a David hidden within Michelangelo's mountainside. But it takes first the Will, then thousands of hammer blows to reveal it."
Your hammer blows are known, at least in part, to a few of us, and thanks be to God that you have chosen to express your pain in beauty and inspiration, rather than drive-by shootings. Thank you for the blessing that is you.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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Dear Marie,

Wonderful words. We paint as our life's passion dictates. We paint as we cry with tears and we die. We paint because we must. We paint because what else is there? We paint in desperation. We paint to leave a mark in a world that we know soon will end for us. We paint for our children. We paint to be remembered, even knowing that paint lasts but a moment. We paint because that is the best we can do.

You see all of this, and bring these passions and insight to our eyes. So greatly appreciated. You are a sensitive and insightful soul. Great gratitude for this and very high marks.

All the best, Sweet Lady. I stand, bow, and salute you! A rare 98% rating!

Best regards,

Rick

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Marie Anzalone
Marie Anzalone

Xecaracoj, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala



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Bilingual (English and Spanish) poet, essayist, novelist, and technical writer working in Central America. "A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start argume.. more..

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