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Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Mag 143

Verdun, 1917 by Felix Vallotton

February through December
 The earth was torn apart 
As people perished
 By each other hands.

  We learned nothing except 
More efficient ways to kill
How to war is not a talent
The artist shows it well.

The Earth cries
With the destruction
And humanity cries
For ones who do not return.

I make a habit of not researching anything on the picture or the artist until I have written my piece.  I read no others so my take will be my own.  Somewhere in my outdated hard drive of a brain Verdun said war and the picture backed me up.  It is a good artist who can represent the destruction and desolation of war in the strokes on his canvas.

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19 comments:

izzy said...

It may well be war- I do love the textures visual and verbal, thanks.

Sandra said...

this just proves what i told you , when i see things i don't see what the artist means. when i saw this one i thought lazer beams and burned coals...

Daydreamertoo said...

I do like to know a little about the picture or the painter if I can but, similarly to you, don't read anyone else's work until mine is posted and that way know I won't be influenced by anything they write.
This is such a sad subject but, you have captured it all so well, especially the futility of it all and yes, even in those 90 odd years we've learned nothing except how to kill people more efficiently with less damage to property.

Brian Miller said...

nice...that middle stanza in particular...how we learn more efficient ways to kill...and there being no talent in it...i like how you bring the artist into it as well...we do cry...all creation cries at all our destruction...

Kathe W. said...

without looking up Verdun- the painting screams war and death-
and your poem echos the image.
I too do not look at any other's posts until I have finished mine.

Leovi said...

Excellent poem.
My work deals with death, and she was the star Verdun.

Buttons said...

I only have one word to say. Perfect. B

A Quiet Corner said...

When I saw the picture, I thought devastation & destruction...your words confirmed it!...)JP

Laurie Kolp said...

It definitely looks like the earth is being torn apart.

labbie1 said...

It really does look like war! Interesting!

Irene said...

Luckily, my country was not involved in WWI and only took in the Belgian refugees. We don't have a remembrance day for this war but we do for others. So many young men lost their lives in this war. I don't think we would have recovered from it.
This is a very good poem. xox

LindaG said...

Excellent post, Gail.

Wander said...

I don't read on the artist, or other peoples posts prior to writing either...I have found I like it better that way...but having seen the date of the painting I had a good idea what it was about.

thanks for your piece

Wander

Berowne said...

Very nicely done...

Helena said...

Intense words. My father was the only one from a group of five friends from his little village to return from war. His heart ached for them right till the end.

Sue said...

I couldn't tell by the prompt, but when I read Verdun, my mind immediately went to war. Especially on Veteran's Day.

You did an excellent job with this, Gail.

Verdun was a tragedy. So many lives lost.

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SaucyKod said...

Very well done Gail. Tragic, lives lost, world torn apart - WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS?

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Much truth in your fine words Gail. Well done.

Anna :o]

mywordwall said...

Well-written. :-)

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