‘Picasso’s not all he’s cracked up to be.’
He’d had a few by then, but understood
The dangers of hype and adulation
Of the spineless, unconditional kind.
We were on the last train from Fenchurch Street;
Among the massed drunks now quiet or depressed,
The air was thick with smoke and rancid ale.
At first, when he leant over to my side,
I groaned, half-expecting some hard-luck yarn.
But this was an artist; gone bad, for sure,
Through years of commuting and City grind,
But deep down the urge remained – to question,
To create, to bring passion to a void.
At Purfleet, he jumped off. The flame still burned.
Wed 10th May 2023 09:15
Thank you, John and Uilleam, and my thanks to everyone who liked this poem.
Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh
Mon 8th May 2023 23:08
Thank you Stephen.
The more I see of Picasso's Guernica, and have it's art explained to me, the more I understand the importance and the power of the arts, and hopefully, of our ability to use the arts to help understand conflict, and so to prevent the horror of war.
Mon 8th May 2023 21:00
Love it, Stephen. You tell a great story. I was right there with you!
Mon 8th May 2023 07:46
Thank you, Uilleam. Strange how the meaning of poems evolves, depending on the day!
And thanks to Nigel, Adam, Clare, KJ, K Lynn and Manish for liking.
Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh
Sun 7th May 2023 09:07
"...hype and adulation
Of the spineless, unconditional kind."
An apt description of a certain recent event.😏
Sat 6th May 2023 16:50
Thank you, Greg. It reminds me of the Jasper Carrot story about his friend slagging off Man Utd during a match at Old Trafford (ok, perhaps that was a bit riskier...)
Manish - Yes, even a broken artist has something to offer, even if it's only an opinion.
Many thanks for the kind comment, Tim. I'll keep trying.
And my thanks to Leon and Reggie's Ghost
Sat 6th May 2023 14:28
Nice poem Stephen. You’ve done what you say - question, create, bring passion.
Manish Singh Rajput
Sat 6th May 2023 12:22
An interesting poem from an observant eye. Speaks of a broken artist trying to make an impact through his creative passion.
Thank you for this.
Sat 6th May 2023 11:13
My wife feels the same about Picasso, Steve, and will often voice this opinion in embarrassing places, such as the Picasso museum in Malaga ...
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