Darkness Released

Darkness Released

Jackson Pollock, untitled (1941)

Inner turmoil long restrained,
draining all strength,
seeks an outlet.

Understanding, born
of disaffection,
finds direction.

Vision, a product of light,
rises from darkness,
no longer contained.

Darkness,
even in the light,
is still darkness.


With Guess That Art III, Ronovan asks us to write a poem inspired by a painting, artist and title unnamed. Coincidentally, the night before the prompt, I finished reading the autobiography of Thomas Hart Benton, in which a late chapter (added in a later revision) discussed this artist, Jackson Pollock. It prompted me to look for examples of his work. I was surprised by this piece, untitled (1941), and a few others as they are not the sort of work I associated with him.

Image source: wikiart.org

Facing Darkness

 

Facing Darkness

One atrocity will replace another.
Each must be recorded,
not ignored,
to give us the strength
to face the next, most sure to come.

With Guess That Art II, Ronovan asks us to write a poem inspired by Guernica, which was painted by Pablo Picasso in response to Nazi Germany’s 1937 bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Image source: pablopicasso.org (click image for larger view in new tab)