Poems from Art: TURMOIL inspired by a portrait of T.L. Tolstoya by Ilya Repin

I AM NOT WHAT I SEEM TO BE,
I AM NOT WHAT I USED TO BE,
I AM NOT A STRANGER TO PAIN,
I AM NOT WHAT I WANT TO BE.

CRIPPLED BY MY PRESENT
MY PRINCIPLES ARE DREADFULLY BENT,
IN AWKWARD SCENARIOS
I BREATHE FRANTICALLY IN REPENT.

IN HELPLESS SILENCE
I WITNESS THE MISERY,
NO COURAGE TO MUSTER
NO COURAGE TO TESTIFY THE TREACHERY.

WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES
I WANT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH,
I AM TIRED OF IMPRISONING MY VICIOUS RUTH

I AM TERRIBLY TIRED, MY FRIEND, OF IMPRISONING MY VICIOUS RUTH..


The Artist – Ilya Repin

Ilya Yefimovich Repin was one of the most renowned Russian Realist Painters of 20th century. His major works include Barge Haulers on the Volga (1873), Religious Procession in Kursk Province (1883) and Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks (1880–91). Source – Wikipedia

The Subject – T.L. Tolstoya

Countess Tatiana Lvovna Sukhotina-Tolstaya (October 1864 – 21 September 1950), was a Russian painter and memoirist. She is the second child and oldest daughter of writer Leo Tolstoy. Source – Wikipedia


2 comments

  1. I should not be rattled
    or misled
    it is universal fact
    we needn’t react

    all human beings are powerless
    but have to wear smile on the face
    no matter what comes on the way
    we are going to stay

    if you can follow truth!
    it needs no proof
    you are what you are
    so live sans fear

    life has pain and anguish
    you got to finish
    the human birth
    without fearing the death

    life may go on
    with the visible scars shown
    it should not be blown
    out of the proportion

    Hasmukh Mehta

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    • Well said sir.
      Poetic dominance and supremacy you showcase that too with such an ease. Not to forget the enriched thoughts behind.

      Like

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