Neville

Opus

Opus

 

According to some as yet un-writ universal law

She was to be his opus

A final masterpiece, without a single flaw ..

Each subtle stroke

each shutter click, each eye lash and golden

wisp of hair

Was each and every one of them a stroke of

genius to be fair ..

He, though was far more than merely modest

and wasted not

one single drop of ink, nor daub of paint, or word

Since she was meant

to be in his eyes perfect, with no blemish, graze,

stain or bruise ..

And should she ever bleed, it was the gods

themselves decreed

It must surely be, from a single perfect open

wound,

The like of which, all men do dream ..

and then, for four and one half years he laboured

Almost every single day and night, he toiled ..

oft foregoing

nourishment and sleep ..

Until that is, he lost his mind and sight to her

for gazing

far too long and hard and deep upon her

nakedness as was,

Now draped and seemingly resplendent in a

borrowed flaxen shawl ..

and held there pinned against the sudden

backdrop

of an elsewise empty canvass ..

Carelessly gathering dust in a corner of some

long forgotten artist’s studio apartment

Not a million miles away from Plaza Trastevere ..

 

 

 

 

Comments8

  • orchidee

    A fine write Neville.
    Could be about me and KP, but I ain't done much gazing on her. She's 95% botox by now anyway! She will melt in the heat, be all of a heap, like an old sack. No change there then though. lol.

    • Neville



      why did I just know you were gonna say something like that Mr. O ............... only 95% .. better grab her quick ... cheers 🙂

    • Fay Slimm.

      What a memory to store in a corner of experience and told with such painted tenderness - - - took me to the time I stood before genius and gazed on such portraits many years back..... x

      • Neville



        that'll do just perfect dear Fay ........................ am smiling from ear to there n back ................ 🙂 ... x

      • Neil Higgins

        Superb par excellent write Neville.
        A great piece of work

        • Neville



          You are way too generous my friend but most certainly appreciated .................... 🙂

          Neville

        • Doggerel Dave

          Neville – that’s quite freaky... no, not freaky..disorienting – drew me in and then spat me out again. Painter..lover/model…perfect open wound…model gone, painting only left to gaze upon..
          Wot’ll you give me? I’ll settle for 5 out of 10….

          • Neville



            @ least 6 n 3/4 's ... maybe .................. now where's the mouthwash 🙂

          • Poetic Dan

            Wow what a read, left me with not much to say.
            That is a pleasant feeling I must say, so just thanks!

            • Neville



              I get the message .. thank you so very much Dan 🙂

            • Laura🌻

              Neville,

              A gripping read to say the least…
              especially with the final two words
              “Plaza Trastevere”!

              Your written words flooded my being with enchanted memories of the most enjoyable times I experienced in Trastevere a few decades ago…memories as unforgettable as you written piece .

              Laura🌻

              • Neville



                what a small world and so full of unexpected coincidences .. I too have had some most memorable times in Italy .. mainly around La Spezia & Lerici .. such a long time ago now also .. See how easily I get distracted .. I almost forgot to say thank you for visiting today ................... 🌻 🙂 🌻

              • Accidental Poet

                Kind of makes you smile from the inside out N. ; )

                • Neville



                  ........................... how kind A P ... thank you friend and dearly ................................................... 🙂

                • Goldfinch60

                  So many fond memories gathering dust in the corner Neville.

                  Andy

                  • Neville



                    Say's Mr. Sheen himself ................ thank you for shining down again this mane my golden gilded friend 🙂



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