Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lost Lovers

The Lovers, by Rene Magritte, 1928

“We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.” –Rene Magritte

“To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.” –Rene Magritte

Lost Lovers

Two lovers lost
In disguise
Closed and discreet
Are their eyes

Sealed with soft kiss
Between the sack
Love is lost
Never to look back

Love is bliss
Concealed under cover
Beneath the kiss
Lost lover

Cover over and dismiss
Disguised to conceal
Reality—would be remiss
Love surreal

A kiss only as truthful
As the appeal—and love
Only as honest as the lovers
At the reveal


© November 6, 2012, Robbie Pruitt


This poem is based on Rene Magritte’s “The Lovers” and the idea that love can be an illusion. . . Sometimes lovers are lost. . . as the saying goes, “love is blind. . . ” So far as love is real and genuine, love is truthful. . . Love is not always what it seems. Sometimes love is objectified as “lovers” objectify one another, or love the ideal or idea of love and not the actual person. . . Sometimes love is surreal. . .

This poem was submitted for the November Surrealism Poetry Prompt on TweetSpeak Poetry, offered this Monday by Seth Haines here.

This poem was also submitted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets. To see more poems submitted, please visit the site. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time today.

14 comments:

  1. Ahh... the ending is a bit mysterious, but then again the truth always comes out one way or the other, right?

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    1. Interesting enough. . . art critics have debated whether or not this painting is positive or negative. . . there is a bit of mystery in it. . . like love, honest or otherwise, the mystery is there. . .thank you for reading and for your comments. . .

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  2. love only as honest as the lovers revealed...great closure on this man...ugh...esp in light of the recent public affairs....

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  3. Love the work of art as well as the words you've chosen to wrap it up in. A wonderful pairing, Poet!

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    1. Thank you. Magritte is amazing. . .the words just flow, as does the poetry from his poetic art. . .

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  4. I am unfamiliar with this painting - but your take on it was fascinating. Each lover can be as revealing or as hidden as they choose - K

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    1. Encourage you to check out Magritte's work at the link under his painting above. There are many striking and poetic pieces. . . Thank you for reading and for commenting. . .

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  5. Congratulations on winning (she says, making her best attempt at keeping the green-eyed monster at bay -:)
    (M)

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    1. I can relate. . .felt this way a few times last week. . .however, we are all winners as we share our poetry together. . . it's such a blessing to write along side all these wonderful poets. . . Thank you for reading and for the congrats! Next week. . . you. . .

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  6. Thanks for playing along, Robbie. This one was fun.

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    1. Thank you sir! Great prompt and fun indeed. . .

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  7. This is a really great poem. It reads well. And it is insightful. There is alot to think about. You've revealed a great deal about human nature.

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your feedback. . .The Lovers painting does evoke deep thoughts about humanity and the human condition. . . many art critics see this painting as both negative and positive. . . In posting this poem, these were some of my thoughts:

      "This poem is based on Rene Magritte’s “The Lovers” and the idea that love can be an illusion. . . Sometimes lovers are lost. . . as the saying goes, “love is blind. . . ” So far as love is real and genuine, love is truthful. . . Love is not always what it seems. Sometimes love is objectified as “lovers” objectify one another, or love the ideal or idea of love and not the actual person. . . Sometimes love is surreal. . ."

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