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Picasso's Blue Period

Living with depression

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Comment from Poetic Friend
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Theodore,

I have been away from FanStory for months, and it is great to return to one of your poetic gems.

I love the reference to Picasso's blue period to describe the depths of depression. The depressed tone exudes from the lines.

You have SO many great lines in this poem. The below lines are my favorites:


I lie paralyzed on the blue loveseat

trapped in Picasso's blue period.


I would rather starve the demons inside me. (I wish I would have written this line. I LOVE it).


Well done, Theodore!

 Comment Written 26-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 27-Sep-2021
    Welcome back. thanks for the wonderful review and six.
Comment from Pearl Edwards
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The blue that smothers the life within, both the artist and the one trudging around. For me, under the shower is when the tears fall. Loved the ending,
I would rather starve the demons
Descriptive and emotional and a good read. Cheers
Valda

 Comment Written 24-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 24-Sep-2021
    Showers are a great place to cry!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment from Senyai
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Tim,

Oh Tim, oh Tim. Why is there so much brilliance in depression where all the devils and demons have an unvarnished voice? There are no pretenses with these guys. They don't care, they don't. They aren't out to flatter or disguise...

But don't let them drown out your voice... Let this be your "Input Phase" taking in life as you see it in all its darks and lights, angles and shadowing like Picasso's Old Guitarist painting you referred so beautifully to.

Take it in freely and unafraid of the shadow demons and learn from them - they will squirm and flee in time because they really love fear to abide. They lose their oomph without fear. Study them, they're not a fan of inspection and they will leave or take a back seat to hide.

I may sound crazy... and probably am... but I speak from experience. As you well know. You will be in your "OutPut Phase/Period", the creative, alert, connected side again.

But learn from your shadows - there is richness in the darkness too...as this truthful, soulful, clasp around the heart poem describes. All we can really give to other people is our sorrows so we can feel a connectedness there, "Oh, you feel that way, too?" ...and the minute we do that, there is a certain joy in validation that can never be taken away. Sharing our special take on this life we all have, through each of our lives that no bond can break.

And we all wait to dance in the sunshine after the rain.... like you and Mariam did under the old carved oak tree with the gentle rain through the branches when she cupped your face with her healing hands by the river with Joe Cocker's raspy voice floating above...

Always, Senyai

 Comment Written 22-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2021
    Who are you, my soulmate? So much wisdom. You read my thoughts with such empathy and insight. You obviously have walked the same journey. I consider it providential to have met you on FS. Hope all is well on your end. Maybe next time I'm in Fort Worth we can wander through the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Museum. I love that place and can spend hours there. I would love for you to meet my wife. Tim
Comment from lyenochka
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I really liked how you brought to life the Picasso painting of the old guitarist. I haven't seen it in a while but your details make me feel the blueness of the painting's mood. As for me, I vote for breakfast! To break the fast from nourishing the body, can help the soul, too.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 24-Sep-2021
    I vote for breakfast!!!!!
Comment from Susan Newell
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Tim,

I was not familiar with The Old Guitarist, so I looked it up. You have expanded my horizons. Depression has assailed several members of my family, and several friends. It's a dark hole from out of which to climb.

I liked the nails as empty crucifixes -- excellent, and interpretable in several ways.

I'm assuming that your study in total was a stand-in for the painting as a mirror of what you were feeling.

I'm no psychiatrist, so I won't offer psychiatric advice. We all have demons and none of us can slay them in the same way. Each demon has a weak point, something that allows it to cling. Sometimes those weak points can be cut and thus cause the demon to fall back to its shared pit. Please, just don't let them pull you down. You have too much to offer to the world. I would love to see what you could do with some poems about joy. Your knack for metaphors is almost supernatural -- a gift from God.

I have found that Cleo85 almost always has something to fit my writing. She has an interesting perspective. Seems I'm not alone. (I read the other reviews.)

Keep on keeping on!

Sue

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 24-Sep-2021
    Nice spiritual insights Sue.
Comment from BethShelby
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It is easy to lapse into depression. Picasso was depressed during his blue period and it was able to create the feeling on canvas. I understand the how that mood can capture us all at times and why we sometime we feel the need to prolong our suffering. To emerse yourself fully in grief in order to heal.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 24-Sep-2021
    Thanks Beth. vERy thoughtful review.
Comment from barbara.wilkey
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Picasso was an interesting artist. I actually prefer his early work. I can actually tell what he's artwork was, although Guernica is one of his most famous. I enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you for sharing.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 24-Sep-2021
    Hey Barb. Thanks for your loyal reviews.
Comment from Ric Myworld
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Those demons inside lie in wait. Then, just when we least expect, they take control and we join the Rolling Stones, dancing with Doctor D. Thanks for sharing.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 20-Sep-2021
    Thanks for your recent reviews Ric and your concern for me. I have been having a rough go of it with another round of depression, but I'm feeling better.
reply by Ric Myworld on 20-Sep-2021
    I knew there had to be something going on with you. I'm glad you are doing better! Just remember, they don't call it the circle of life for nothing. Life is full of pluses and negatives. When it's at its best, it's bound to get worse. But during those down times, if we hang tough, it will get better. Wishing you nothing but the best!
Comment from Lobber
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good morning my eggless friend,
as you probably know Picasso^s Blue Period erupted after suicide of his friend. Personally, I think that's asking a lot of a friend, just to gain fame. A parallel to one's life. Pleased that you discovered Cleo85. To be honest, though, I was trying to keep her to myself. Perhaps we should move on to the roses. Period. - Lobber aka Jer

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 20-Sep-2021
    Thanks Jer. Yeh I like Cleo85, don't hog her. good idea about moving to the Roses period. see you in class. I haven't gotten an email yet on the first class. What about you?
reply by Lobber on 21-Sep-2021
    Hello,
    Nothing from James, yet. We were asked to send him (with copy to all), our own definition of ^free verse^.
    Jer
Comment from Katherine M. Kean
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This is an excellently written piece, that does indeed bring depression to mind because of the monochromatic nature of the description. Contrast must depict hope I think.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2021


reply by the author on 20-Sep-2021
    Thanks for the review. Hey, how are we doing on wrapping up K's work. did we get RGStars work into the collection?
reply by Katherine M. Kean on 20-Sep-2021
    Nothing from RG (do you want to drop him a line?) and Pam has her second entry in progress still. I thought I'd add the prologue tonight as another booster injection (just as it was left after taking out the call before) I'm very loathe to actually write the end though, until she's all healed. What do you think? Kate
reply by the author on 20-Sep-2021
    I wouldn't close it yet. Any update on K? How does RG get the poem he has already published into the collection? I can handle it if you can give me instructions for him since he has already published it on FS. K is very eager for that poem to be included, however. Thanks for all you do, Kate.
reply by Katherine M. Kean on 20-Sep-2021
    Karenina is housebound apart from medical appointments. But is taking great joy from extensive reading of FS site entries. I have the impression spirits are good between interactions with FS members, and face-to-face visits with family members. For RG, it can be done. If he finds his entry in his portfolio there should be an 'add to book' flag and he can choose the name of the book he wants to add it to. If Karenina's book doesn't show up, he will need to ask Tom to do it for him specifying name of his entry and the book and that it's multi-author.