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She posed for the artist to paint her
She sat so perfectly still
A tremble came across her body
That was way beyond her will

"For that, my dear" said the artist
"I'll paint your blue eyes shut
Forever you'll be cast into darkness
Before you return to dust"

The subject, the model, the lady
Laughed and was not so fussed
"You think you have such power, my dear
In the stroke of your brush?

Don't forget it is I, your subject
That brings beauty to your piece
Without me you would be nothing;
A lush drunk on self belief"


With that the artist grabbed his palette
Ferociously began to paint
Till fatigue encapsulated his bones
And he began to feel faint

"How dare you bring into question
This masterpiece, my life's work
From my hand to brush to canvas
My unique view of this world"

"Artist you are not so special
With strokes many could make
Where as my beauty is as unique
As a falling snowflake

And it is I that fell from Heaven
Onto the blank canvas Earth
As potent as God's silence
And as beautiful as God's words"


But your beauty will fade my dear
Where as my art shall last
It will indeed live on forever
Long after we have passed

And what is beauty without someone
To witness and to observe
And re-create that beautiful vision
Of God's elegant, wonderous work
Just was thinking about whether an artist is only as good as the beautiful things that inspire him/her.
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iEatIdiots Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this work ages ago, and today I went through my favourites and found it again. Thank you so much for writing this – it's so inspiring and beautiful and artistic.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   General Artist
:) thank you so much for your kind comment.

I am glad you enjoyed it so much!
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This is most definitely a brilliant concept and I've often wondered the same which made your presentation of this an even better read for me, personally. You presented both sides of this argument wonderfully and I most definitely believe that the final answer is that they both need each other, the artist and his subject, they compliment each other; they're beautiful together. :heart:
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   General Artist
:) thanks so much for you comment. It was nice for me to write aswell as I had often thought about which was more important. I agree with your conclusion too :)
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MynaOphelia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Wonderful poem! I like how you showcase both sides of the argument, and so beautifully too. It highlights both of their strengths and their flaws. You are an awesome poet.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
Oh I am really glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the compliment :)
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Stars-Bread99 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
God DAMN, dude! :clap: :worship: I'm seriously watching you for this!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   General Artist
:) thank you so much for the comment and the watch. I really appreciate that
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Stars-Bread99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
no problem :)
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VampireLoveYou Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
love it :) the discussion between the two arts is very truthful and very well thought, its also very well said by both, i would keep on going talking about this piece of literature but i don't want to sound annoying so im going to stop here ^^ :heart:
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   General Artist
aww definitely not annoying. I really love when people comment on my poems. Its very kind of you

thanks :)
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VampireLoveYou Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
awww thank you too ^^ and your welcome :hug:
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ChristsCowgirl Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really cool. I like that you made it a two-sided piece, a discussion. Very well done.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   General Artist
thank you. Glad you enjoyed it :)
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DariaGALLERY Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awwes) artistic theme) yes yes......two points.....

Colin...you so great) i love this poem....really) and its so well written)))
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   General Artist
:) it means a lot that you like it Daria seeing as you are one of the best artists i know :)
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DariaGALLERY Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow...thank you sweetheart)))))
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   General Artist
aww you are welcome :hug:
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SIGILSMONOLITH Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that is amazing
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   General Artist
thank you! :)
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AnimeWatchingGuy Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is crazy awesome!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012   General Artist
thanks! :)
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AnimeWatchingGuy Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup! :)
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I love love love that you always come up with so many different themed poems, you write on a wide variety of subjects, sometimes things we usually notice and sometimes not, and usually the poems speak close to the heart...

I also particularly like this one because it's something I ponder on sometimes, and of course I could not have come close to expressing as brilliantly as you have. Awesome work/one! :D
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   General Artist
its so nice to have your support and your kind words :)

thanks so much :)
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
:hug:
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AlternateAray Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
*applause* job well done :)
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   General Artist
*bows* lol thank you very much :)
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AlternateAray Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
^^ :) haha, ur welcome!
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xandra127 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   General Artist
thank you :)
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Sparking-Order Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
This is really interesting
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   General Artist
glad you think so. Thank you, I appreciate the comment :)
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ApplauseJunkie Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like this a lot. As a model for a photographer, it's really a good take on both perspectives.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   General Artist
i hope you argue with your photographers like this :D

thank you for the comment :)
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Peecian Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Absolutely a masterpiece. Such creativity. I adore this.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
i am so grateful for your comment :) Glad you enjoyed it
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DistortedHumor Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the last four lines are positively brilliant! fantastic job
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
thank you :) and thanks for faving this too :)
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thenekwitch Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Whoa... I thought you took that outa some famous book or quote or something... Thats amazing.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
thank you :) i am glad to say its all original :)
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thenekwitch Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
:D I mean, it was THAT good!!! IT WAS AMAZING!! x3 Your welcome!
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FollowingStars Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminded me of My Last Duchess. I like this better.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
thats very flattering and i appreciate it very much. Thank you :)
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FollowingStars Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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ShadowsOfTheHero Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This really made me think a little at the end.... Very good work! Kudos to you.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
thats great to hear, that it made you think. Thank you :)
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very Dorian Grey-esque... but with less homosexual love triangles...
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
yeah, someone else mentioned Dorian Grey. I did have the opening chapter in my mind when i wrote this :D without really realising it
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice piece, anyhow.
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