A Work of Art - The Heart

May 15, 2014

A Work of Art - The Heart

Always refer back to the heart 
It is where the world began 

- Jenny Bornholdt 

Have you watched an artist when he’s lost and deep in thought? 
His synapses all fired when he’s in a whirlpool caught 
His passion all ignited with random visual cues 
He’s unrestrained and charged up like a detonating fuse 

The fire in his belly grows while switching mental gears 
Creative juices start to flow and he just perseveres 
The inner child in him untapped his soul begins to fly 
Imagination running wild he soars towards the sky 

Juggling with his ideas he’s blinded by a light 
Like Van Gogh’s glorious Sunflowers on a starry starry night 
Seduced by restless thoughts he moves into a higher state 
Of theta brain wave consciousness where logic can't dictate 

Drunk with joy yet calm and still he feels just like a child 
Who’s on a roller coaster ride that’s magical and wild 
His amygdala foxtrots while he mulls over his thoughts 
Sifting through them patiently while joining all the dots 

Fusing all known elements the artist in him speaks 
Unlocking deep connections while he works with fresh techniques 
And then when least expected he hears a quiet voice 
An epiphanic moment when he’s all composed with poise 

In this "Mona Lisa" Moment, he creates his masterpiece 
He almost shouts "Eureka" just like Archimedes 
Combining grace and beauty with aesthetic appeal 
Sheer elegance with heart and soul is what he will reveal 

He sees the empty canvas while his soul in stillness waits 
His heart and mind in harmony, the will of God sedates 
Call him Christ or Allah, Brahma, Buddha or Ram 
They let him speak - The power of Love – Namaste or Salaam 

Embraced by waves of goodness from an omniscient force 
The artist makes connection with a primordial source 
Like Rodin’s “Thinker” representing lofty intellect 
Or art in Sistine Chapel our faith trying to resurrect 

The block of marble beckons while his talent he’ll unwrap 
With a full-length cradled Jesus lying in his Mother’s lap 
The only piece of artwork Michelangelo had signed 
The Pieta – A masterpiece – so skilfully designed 

Evoking feelings all sublime this sculpted piece of art 
Symbolises purity targeting each heart 
Like the Rock hewn smiling Buddha chiselled out from mountain rock 
Or Lord Shiva of Murudeshwara where pilgrims worldwide flock 

The deft hands of the artist with craftsmanship and skill 
Can fill you with emotions that electrify and thrill 
Like the Taj Mahal – which makes you feel you’re face to face with God 
The symbol of enduring love – you can’t help but applaud 

Monet’s Water lilies or Edvard Munch’s Scream 
Are paintings I see online - I just click the mouse and dream 
I get into the Louvre, into MoMA or the Met 
Date Rembrandt and Raphael and Warhol with no regret 

And then I travel back in time to caves in Southern France 
Where those prehistoric paintings always leave me in a trance 
As for the greatest artist who made us in his mould 
He blessed us with the best of traits - his love he didn't withhold 

With 15 billion brain cells all linked in circuitry 
He hoped that we would learn to live in peace and harmony 
Our auricles and ventricles which pump out love and hope 
Is the greatest ever work of art - the one which sees us cope

By Anita Britto, Auckland
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Comment on this article

  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 06 2014

    Great piece Anita!
    Very touching.

  • anita britto, Mangalore/Auckland

    Thu, May 29 2014

    Am overwhelmed with your effusive words of appreciation and encouragement and thanks for all your blessings. Always a joy to read your comments – all of you who are distinguished contributors to Daiji – some of you versatile writers who can write at the spur of the minute on just about any topic/ Avid Nature writers with such detailed observant glimpses raising so much awareness about how much more we need to do apart from the amazing photographs which easily rival those published by National Geo Mags/ talented poets who have the uncanny ability to hit the nail on the head without mincing words with a good dose of humour with tongue-in-cheek comments and delightful pun on words which must make every reader smile and the very encouraging commentators who give you the impetus and strength with powerful motivating words to keep you going and prodding you on to do your best.

  • Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat

    Sun, May 18 2014

    Have you watched a poet when she’s lost and deep in thought?..
    I haven't but I have read her poetry. Such a joy. Keep giving us more Anita.

  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Sat, May 17 2014

    A Work of Heart - the art of living & non- living, visible & non-visible
    Making the countless sperms to become the growing and unique dolls
    Converting mud into bones and flesh to give shape, size and identity
    Installing hearts and breathes in them by giving momentary life to live
    Hence he creates humans as his temples, where he wishes to dwell in
    Ungrateful humans produce the lifeless idols, to worship them as God
    Gracious Creator watches the foolish and shameful art of his living idols
    Almighty God is the Super Artist, who creates incredible art, in silence

  • Dr.Anand & Geeta N Pereira, sakleshpur

    Thu, May 15 2014

    Every word echoes a sentiment. All your poems are so refreshing to read. You are a gifted poet. When time permits you should come out with a set on NATURE.

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Thu, May 15 2014

    And now I know !How you have been really writing all that you already have! The creative urge usually gets the instinct and the fillip from the unknown and you have brought it out beautifully as always.
    God bless you always Anitha and with creativity.

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