Old Master

She was naive and gullible

so when the renowned, popular artist

requested her to pose for him

she felt honoured and flattered

hoping that his masterpiece

would make her famous

that enthusiasm led her to agree

but on the night of the exhibition

her portrait was missing

the centre of attraction

was an exquisite portrait

of a beautiful young lady

with sadness, she realised

she was just a stopover

till he found his real muse

out of kindness

he had continued with her portrait

his kindness proved to be her undoing.

35 thoughts on “Old Master

  1. Hello! I like that this poem is so short and punchy. The kindness of the painter having an unkind effect on the girl is paradoxical, yet reminds me that we should not do something unless we mean it. In other words, it is inauthentic to false-praise, no matter how good the intention. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  2. Punam, this is so beautiful and so sad, it has really touched me… the hopes and dreams of the girl so tangible, and likewise the realization and disappointment when she saw she was not what she thought…. sigh. That feeling. I think all the more sad that the painter never really considered her his muse, but did so only out of kindness. It would almost be less sad if he had just swapped his infatuation for another rather than never really having felt that in the first place.


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    1. I am sorry about the above!
      I know! Misplaced kindness can cause more distress than brutal honesty. It really hurts to be used kindly. Thank you so much, my dear friend. ❀️❀️

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      1. It is such a difficult sentiment…. I think I have been on both sides of that coin – the one trying to be kind but unintentionally being unkind, as well as the recipient… you’ve given me lots of food for thought.

        On another note, i hope you’ve had a good weekend. I am not long back from the funeral for my friend. Beautiful but brutally sad. Thank you for being so kind to me last week through all that, it meant a lot ❀️❀️

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      2. Same here, Rachel. It came from a place known to me. I can only correct my behaviour, others’ I can’t!
        It must have been tough attending the funeral. I was just being there for you virtually…take care. ❀️❀️

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      1. no Ganpati bappa did πŸ™‚
        btw the flaw may not be in deciding who is to blame, but the very fact that we feel someone is to blame.

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      2. Ah, I forgot! My bad. Actually in the north there is no holiday.
        I agree, we always think somebody is to be blamed for our woes…if not any earthling then it is naseeb! πŸ™‚

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