Familiar Partings


May 25, 2016 by petrujviljoen

specificities of encounter relinquished –

memories remain uncaptured

the portrait collapses into

historical trauma.


Ambiguity of relationships examines

the urgency of loss – engages

with ephemeral things and

familiar partings.

art-book-idea (780x585)

Artwork copyright Petru J Viljoen

Linked to Dverse Poets, hosted for the last time by Abhra.

16 thoughts on “Familiar Partings

  1. Nan Mykel says:

    Deep poem and the painting’s a mindblower! I wonder if I’m following all your blogs.

  2. Interestingly.. some folks think in almost
    only verbal ways.. and others navigate
    the world in movie like visual world..
    and ha!.. 11 million words only
    precipitated as i.. per
    loss of effective
    sight and hearing
    in pain disorder
    starting iN November
    of 2010.. before that iS
    almost no writing for me..
    and truly my visual memory
    is so deep that i can play all
    the siGhts.. and additionally
    sounds.. and other senses
    of encounters with
    others in full
    mind and
    body balance
    way.. and i can
    even feel the hug
    of a couple everywhere
    i go.. as iF iT were they hugging
    i.. i suppose that is why i have
    never said goodbye.. with nowsOme
    as i wish there were a way i could..
    but i guess that is why i’Ve lEarned
    to Love aLL thE dARk anD liGht
    sAMe… as for me at lEAst
    theRe is no farewells
    inside oF
    i.. and that
    mY friEnd.. perhaps
    explains wHere the
    11 million words plus
    now come from.. a River
    that finally escaped out of
    of Inner
    liFe.. oH thE
    StreAM.. Oh tHe
    River seT Free ouTside
    as oCean wHolD skEyes..
    whaT a relief
    to FeeL that i am
    not the only one stuck
    in this prometheus/FrankenStein
    my FriEnd..
    aS ReALLy
    FinaLLy LiVinG
    FReED.. iN
    noW froM

  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love the ambiguous vibe in your poem 🙂
    Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

  4. Bryan Ens says:

    Abstract, yet beautiful. ..both the poem and painting are lovely.

  5. Life is indeed the superb mystery, Petru. We are uncertain where it will lead us, but we revel in the fact that we are headed somewhere. Make your mark whenever you go, leave them wanting more of you; let your departures bookmark your time here so you can pick-up where you left off!

  6. thotpurge says:

    Just love the second stanza… ephemeral things and familiar partings…wow!

  7. Waltermarks says:

    Your work is a great abstract, just like the picture, very good!

  8. I found this interesting and intriguing. It holds such mystery.

  9. Oh that ambiguity.. can we ever know which way it’s heading…?

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