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A Bias Comparison

by Brian Francis

As a painter uses pigments
To make us see his thought,
All stretched out on canvas
A picture soon is wrought.

A poet uses lesser things
To show a grander view,
A rhymed or metered group of words
Makes us our lives review.

A painter stops a single breeze
As we see the flowers bent.
We see exactly what he wants
Exactly as it’s meant.

But the poet makes us feel the breeze
As though we were right there,
He takes us to a different time
And lets us smell the air.

Where the painter has his limits
In expression, depth and hue;
He can merely represent
A single time stopped view.

A poet’s brush is language,
His canvas is the mind,
His pigment imagination,
His space is not confined.

The painter and the poet –
Both necessary parts
Of what mankind can offer;
With and through the arts.


Posted on 08/07/2003
Copyright © 2019 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/07/03 at 03:24 PM

Appropriate title. A well thought out comparison and definitely biased! Your last stanza summarizes the importance of both. Very well written!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/07/03 at 05:00 PM

Not sure about the title, but I really like the poem. Much truth and wisdom here...well conveyed!

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