Watercolors: Poem 14

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Paint me in Watercolors.

'Watercolors' is poem 14 in a series of special poems by New Zealand poet Pearldiver. This poem reflects what is becoming more common today as we humans immerse ourselves into a reliance on social media and non face to face interactions; we tend to forget how very important it really is, to actually know people as real people, rather than what we think they, or their web presence are, or should be, as determined by 'artificial' factors.

As people become more dependent on their ability to assume correctly in their familiarity with total strangers, or an avatar, the greatest casualty becomes, the actual loss of opportunity to genuinely and sincerely get to know and understand those others, as real 'people'. Online there is often a dependence on getting to know people from how they write and handle themselves grammatically, rather than naturally hearing their spoken words, along with the context, expressions and associated body language; those very important factors that are used by humans when they do meet and communicate in person.

Potentially, this hollow process has the ability to evolve into producing extremely shallow personalities, with little ability to genuinely understand fellow humans, their personal attributes, nature and their importance to all of us, as an individual rounded enough personality wise to provide us with a balanced personality, that does not foolishly assume everything. People seem to always be seeking some form of reality in their online lives, yet struggle to consider what that actually represents, in terms of a real life environment. Watercolors - Poem 14 (paint me), is a plea to 'being real' and not losing sight of who we, as people really are. In some respects, it is a poem of hope, that we learn to care enough about ourselves and others, to be real. Enjoy this piece.

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Poem #14

‘Watercolors’


Paint me

In your worst efforts to flatter

Colorlessly, with no depth or sense of purpose


Paint me

In your most scathing criticism

A self portrait of unrequited desire and envy


Paint me

In your stormy, angry moods

Just scatter my heart across a canvas barred


Paint me

In a moment of vulnerable honesty

To bless the world in a spectrum of your true talents


Or just paint me

In the pure context of who I am

And show me all the colors you find within my soul


If you choose the right watercolors

I promise that you will truly see

Every tone, every contrast, every need to be

But only, a true heart can ever, paint the real me


_________♠_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Nice poem, he made a magic through these simple words. thank you for sharing.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Anil and Honey, thanks for your compliment on this poem, I'm glad you liked 'Watercolors'... Kerala huh? Do you grow Black Pepper? Wow.. the world has no clue how special your province is my friend... take care... PD


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Because it's a whole kaleidoscope out there, in here and our colors will only come alive when we all give it the opportunity to collide.

Nice piece, smooth flowing words to ponder about...hope, there is.

Love from the sky~


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Cris, thank you for reading this poem and your positive comment... yes, I couldn't imagine a world or people without color... it just gives us such great opportunities to appreciate the general colors of life... to be able to paint them as they are, is truly a skill, one which takes an ability to understand each color and its relationship to others. Glad you liked this piece... cheers.. take care Cris... PD


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I see an abundant amount of colors that conveys a beautiful soul. I love your poetry. Thank you..


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ruby, thank you so much for your kind words... I know there are a few colors in there somewhere... Cheers for your positive support and I'm glad that you do like my work... it means a lot... you take care.. PD


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

I love this poem. You have captured such an important feeling! Thank you! Up and awesome!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Randi, thank you for that positive review of this poem... yes one feeling that is so often overlooked by those with flawed insight, or purely selfish outlook on what it takes to know another person... I'm glad you enjoyed Watercolors, I appreciate your words and heart... cheers.. PD


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This was absolutely wonderful. Loved all those watercolors flowing by. Passing this on.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Rasma, thanks so much for your positive review of Watercolors, I'm glad that you liked this piece... cheers for your share and vote, take care.. PD


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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

Hello fellow poet. Such a insightful poem.

It is the color that make our dull life prettier. Same is for the soul. We are all so different and here in today's online medium are prejudiced towards a great conversationalist who has way with words. We actually are viewing the picture painted by the other for us to see. The absence of body language, vision and tone of conduct is disabling us to actually know the person as such.

Solution I think is either include web chat ( he he he...) or better one... let us stop judging the book by its cover.

Have a nice day.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Salini, I'm sure another solution must be, to stop allowing ourselves to become hollow, without the natural ability to communicate and empathy to care... it is a sad, yet real problem, that will only become worse, the more that it is denied. That is the blandness I have referred to in the poem Watercolors. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment so positively... I'm glad you enjoyed.. cheers for appreciating the message here... take care PD


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Love the simplicity . The beautiful Bird of Paradise floer helps too. Nice


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Beautiful and mesmerizing as always. I wish more personalities could be painted with watercolors that chance the selfishness so many carry.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Gypsy Willow, nice to see you here... thank you for taking the time to read Watercolors.. glad you liked this poem... yes the Bird of Paradise is a favorite that reflects the beauty of both bright and muted colors of life... Cheers for your review... take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi shiningirisheyes, thank you for your positive review of this poem, I'm glad you enjoyed this work... yes, I agree with you on the 'blandness' of some that we must endure and share air with... wouldn't it be nice just to paint over them, instead of having to make amends for their attitudes! Good on you for that... all the best.. PD


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Such a beautifully written poem with such strong emotions !

Vote up and more !!!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I'd like to try. . . .to paint the real you. . . . :-)


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi there Tom, thank you for your positive review, though I know through Redgage.com that you only ever leave positive and supportive reviews... so thank you for your passion and for enjoying the passion within the words of Watercolors... I appreciate your support Tom.. cheers.. you take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Nellianna, hahaha thanks very much! What size brush do you think would be most appropriate? You are most welcome to paint the real me... but.... there are many shades and half tones to consider... and they often change with the ebb and flow of the tides... you will need a very good eye and great tenacity :) ... I appreciate your offer Nellieanna.. cheers for reading this work and your interesting comment... take care.. PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Hi, dear heart. :-) I adore you, but not auditioning. . . . So, when's the sitting? (I've always wanted to visit N.Z. - you'll pay my fare, ok? Or we could split it?) Hugs.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

I agree with your petition here to seek out true colors from writers that are to often candy coated replicas of who they really are or want to be.. To be true to oneself makes for a spectrum of delightful colors. I am moved often by the display of your ebbs and tides, a true artist who offers up a canvas of colorful verse and prose.

Unlike myself my colors often are of dull shades of greys and blacks and burnt orange like the setting sun. I will try my best to offer up a more colorful Vincent in the New Year. I extend my best wishes to you and yours for a Happy, Healthy, Sharing and above all else a LOVING meaningful Christams. Cheers my poet. Voted up and shared as always.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Beautiful, powerful and heartfelt. Thank you. Merry Christmas! Jamie


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Oh Nellieanna forever the optimist... :) It's currently Doomsday here and 'sitting' is not appropriate at present... as so many throughout the world are waiting for the End... From what I've seen so far... the only sittings that are occurring are coming from those who have taken up the 'kissyourbuttgoodbye' position and patiently wait in hope that the wind does not rustle their tail feathers too much and expose their faces!

Because NZ is a day ahead... and believe me, the very shocking sight of thousands of squatting kiwis, is not so pretty, it might pay to wait before travel plans are discussed... Given the scene... it probably would not be ideal to 'split' anything, my dear! Hahaha.. you have a great day and I'm sure we will talk further... take care... PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ken, thank you so much for your words... yes you are right, there are so many who seem unable to display their hearts openly and in those given colors of their souls... As you know, it takes courage to wear such a badge and use it to convey the beat of one's heart. I have seen a vastly great range of colors in your works beyond those you humbly promote here... though I must say burnt orange in itself shows an agelessness of those elements touched... the heart of Australia taught me that, along with its huge range of tones and reverence given by the indigenous people who create spectacular works from it...

Your colors are those which suit the nature and power of your words... I look forward to experiencing any genre you apply Ken... I am sure you know that my friend... best wishes to you and yours also and may your wood and powder remain dry over winter! Take care Ken and thank you once more for your encouragement and support... PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Jamie, thank you so much for your positive review of Watercolors... I appreciate your support and hope that you and yours will have a great festive period also... Glad you liked this piece... cheers... take care.. PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

XOXOs - and hope for a new dawning after the predicted 'end'. Whatever will be, will be and being alive in the present is all anyone really 'owns', anyway; - and that, temporarily!


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

C'est Fini Nellieanna, you will be pleased to know that your Friday ticked into Saturday and only whale bubbles were the negative effect of living in an overpopulated seaside backwater town like Bumbletown - NZ... On the upside though, Mayan Rump Steak was on special all Friday!

Kick up your heels and know that the festive season is now upon us and many of us wish you all the best and all the limelight you so rightfully deserve... take care ... PD


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Petra Vlah 3 years ago from Los Angeles

I absolutely Love this great poem and all its complex implications.

To be understood by others and self, (even if only half way) the soul and mind of a poet needs interchangeable watercolors and their unique ability to mix and create new and surprising nuances. Painting someone's personality is never easy and, unless love, tolerance and generosity of spirit is the base of a sincere attempt, all human meanness will come into play rubbing the beauty of life itself


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Petra, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Poem 14 - Watercolors... Yes, you have nailed its interpretation completely and I really appreciate that you have, as it does, as you state contain a raft of complex implications, woven within the fabric of the piece... Glad you liked this work and its message... cheers for that.. take care.. PD.


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India

It is a beautiful poem and such nice concept. Holds so true for most of us in our day-to-day dealing with our fellow human beings. :)


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Oh Hi there Charu, thank you so much for taking the time to read and enjoy this piece. Yes, quite right... and in many respects missed by so many who are unable to grasp the meaning of self and happiness... nice to see you... cheers... take care... PD


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Brenda L Scully 3 years ago from Ireland

I so enjoyed reading this, it was thought provoking, great title.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Brenda, I'm pleased you enjoyed this piece... I felt at the time that it was an important statement to make and Watercolors as a medium, really said it best in my view. Thank you for taking the time to be so positive and supportive... I can imagine the hues of Ireland and though I'm sure they have been written of in the past, I wonder who will offer that beauty in its fullness and in words of today? Cheers my friend, take care out there... PD


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Brenda L Scully 3 years ago from Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful place, but England is my home and there are some really beautiful places there tooo........ which I miss.......


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Brenda, sorry about that, I certainly wasn't intending to make a negative inference, I'm sure that there are... the last time my family traveled through England on their way to Eire, was a fair while ago... they had shared the Normandy ferry with Prince William and used up most of their arrows trying to down pheasants flying over King Harald's reception party! So, sure I got your point... even though beauty (and arrows) are often, in the eyes of the beholder :) Cheers for the pleasure of your presence here... you take care... PD

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