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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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