the beauty of art and writing poetry

Posted by Raj Arumugam on March 03, 2012

the beauty of art and writing poetry
Dancing boy

Have you noticed how lively and energetic some works of art can be? 

You look at a work of art and you feel its energy, its vitality - and you feel moved by it. This is a perfect moment to capture that moment, to translate that feeling into poetry.

This picture of  the painting “Dancing boy” by Kim Hong-do (Danwon), Korea (1745–c. 1806) is a good example. When I first saw it online, I was struck by its energy. I took on the persona of the boy dancing in this painting, and the result was this poem below.

So the next time you are moved by a work of art, perhaps it's the moment - that magical moment when a peom is crying out to be born. 

 

dancing boy

 

 

sa sa sa sa

sa sa sa la la sa

la la ma ma da da la la sa sa

O one foot up 

one foot down

left hand here

right hand there

where goes the body

and where the mind?

sa sa sa sa

sa sa sa la la sa

la la ma ma da da la sa sa

dancing in the world

to drums and flute

and strings and cymbals

and wood and metal

where is one 

where is the other

which is my shape

where dance my clothes?

which is first, which is end?

sa sa sa sa

sa sa sa la la sa

la la ma ma da da la sa sa

happy face and light heart

they connect 

in moving limbs and fluid music

where is the dancer, the music

where is solid, where is fluid?

where is earth, where the sky?

where I put my feet is the ocean

where my sleeves fly is space

where I put my fingertips is life

where I look is delight

O one foot up 

one foot down

left hand here

right hand there

where goes the body

and where the mind?

sa sa sa sa

sa sa sa la la sa

la la ma ma da da la sa sa

 

 

 

 

 

 

(poem based on  the painting “Dancing boy” by Kim Hong-do (Danwon), Korea (1745–c. 1806))

 


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