Chiaroscuro in Pixels

It is very hard to write this way, beginning things backward…
– Hemmingway, The Torrents of Spring (1926)

Like a canvas, a tabla rasa, a fertile void,

I sit in front of the screen with a blank document.

The contents of my personal past, impressions,

stored in long term memory, surface upon reflection.

The neocortex bears its fruit, when searched at will,

for the pieces, fragments, and shattered images.

What is actually “recalled” may be newly formed,

especially if semantic memories mix with episodic.

In placing any of these reflections upon a blank page,

they are first filtered through perception.

Perhaps, an artist has more control with a brushstroke,

than a poet, taking liberty with shadows and light.

This is the question, how to present the puzzle,

in a way that best represents the truth?

Author: Tzvi Fievel

I have B.A.'s in Psychology, and English; and, a certificate in psychophysical re-education; at current, I am exploring my third area of academic interest - ecology. My spiritual journey, through many transitions, culminated in taking the yoke of Heaven upon myself.

11 thoughts on “Chiaroscuro in Pixels”

  1. I really love your poem. It is so well thought out and from a psychological perspective full of truth. This line really caught my eye…

    What is actually “recalled” may be newly formed,
    especially if semantic memories mix with episodic.

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  2. There are so many ways to do it. But it really depends on the artist/writer/poet.

    Love the title and your opening line: Like a canvas, a tabla rasa, a fertile void

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  3. Such vivid and colorful imagery here, I just love this entire piece. I feel this way often with poetry, how do you represent your own personal truth while being abstract? Or even, how do you just hint at it and not divulge it all on the page? Some great thoughts here, and I really like how you delved into this idea with today’s prompt. Such brilliant writing, I enjoyed reading your work. ❤

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  4. I agree that it’s a jumbled mix whose truth may never be known. All that is needed is a composite that we can cling to that is real enough for the now (and now is always changing.) I like how you articulated the concept and the image you chose.

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  5. ‘Perhaps, an artist has more control with a brushstroke,

    than a poet, taking liberty with shadows and light.’

    I sometimes feel as though the poem is in control of me, rather than vice versa. I think I prefer it that way.

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  6. This is deeply profound! Especially love; “Perhaps, an artist has more control with a brushstroke, than a poet, taking liberty with shadows and light.”💝💝

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  7. A beautifully written poem, perceptive and wise at its core. My favourite lines:
    “Perhaps, an artist has more control with a brushstroke,
    than a poet, taking liberty with shadows and light.
    This is the question, how to present the puzzle,
    in a way that best represents the truth?”
    Wonderful ❤

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