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The Spirit of Art



Flesh and bone can write the music

And the heart supply the beat,

But for the music to be whole – it needs soul.


Every artist has a soul and his work will not be whole

Unless he leaves a part of it behind.

Painters, sculptors, poets, all,

Often manage to enthral admirers

With the wealth of their emotions.

Joy and sorrow, anguish, pain

Reflected in their work

Can sometimes miss the mark

Being overdone like rumpsteak in the pan.


©Denise G Allen, 28 December 2012  07:04

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

19 thoughts on “The Spirit of Art

  1. But for the music to be whole – it needs soul.
    I just love that.


    • So true I think, Gran. The rest is a bit of codswallop! Thanks for the visit. Having problem with Telkom – their server has a fault and they have to get someone from CT to fix. I am struggling with the net and a post takes me about an hour to put up. Airmail and Skype are fine at least.


  2. Flesh and bone can write the music

    And the heart supply the beat,

    But for the music to be whole – it needs soul

    Beautiful Denise. Yes, life is a percussion instrument and it needs a little bit of warmth for the skin to get taut and the bones to play to heart’s beat. That warmth is the spirit , ignited by frictions of life.

    I love these three lines to eternity.


    • Thank you, SuNaMu. I woke up this morning with the first three lines in my head – which I loved. The rest I struggled with as you can no doubt tell. One day I hope to try and improve on it.


  3. so true in how we leave a bit of soul in our work…if we dont it is lifeless and you can tell when it is heard or sang…ha i rather like the end, it makes me think of trying to manufacture it…


    • I believe we do. Sometimes more soul than others, I think, and that is what makes one work greater than others. And work without soul is lifeless as you say, Brian. One can try to instil ‘life’ into some or other artwork, but if it doesn’t come from the heart it won’t succeed.


  4. Love this, adee, the humour and all. 😀


  5. Congratulations Denise… You are the first person, that I know, to have ever used “rumpsteak” in a poem.. Again kudos.. LOL


  6. I don’t agree “the rest is codswallop, Denise. I can think of some very overdone poems! Maybe a look back at mine might be fruitful!


    • Haha, John, when I look back at some of mine, I cringe. What I meant though was that the rest of this poem, after the first three lines, is so badly written it isn’t actually poetry.


  7. Wonderfully lucid and accurate.


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