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Art and Poetry: A Twilight High

Updated on November 12, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

'The Purple Cat' By Jack Vettriano
'The Purple Cat' By Jack Vettriano


Inspiration often strikes from strangest alchemy. I was looking at a portfolio of paintings by the Scottish painter Jack Vettriano and marvelling at the way he captures mini narratives in his easel. Every painting feels like a snapshot of a story line, always something bordering on dark and sensual. Vettriano himself confesses most of his work arises out of '25 years of misbehaviour' and it shows.

As I was looking at the portfolio, I happened to hear the song ' Twilight time' by The Platters. I thought the melody and the lyrics were a perfect accompaniment to the paintings.

I was on a high... ' A Twilight high' . It sounded an apt title for the poem that was coalescing in my mind... the tune for the poem in my head had a sense of urgency, a sense of expectation for the impending night and the promise of a rendezvous; a sense of urgency in not wanting the morning to arrive, just as yet.

So here, dear reader, is the heady cocktail of Jack Vettriano's paintings, The Platter's intoxicating melody and my own humble poem.

I do hope you enjoy the entertainment.

And hopefully, as it did to me, may it give you ' A Twilight High' too.

'The Singing Butler' - Vettriano's most famous work
'The Singing Butler' - Vettriano's most famous work

A Twilight High

When the wild wind blows

All the clouds off sky

And the Trees whisper

In a telltale sigh

When the sky goes dark

And the stars blink shy

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high….

There’s something about this evening

There’s something about tonight

I can feel it in the airwaves

I can see it in the dusky light

You came in like a cool breeze

You float in like a tune

I can barely keep my cool babe

Need to feel you on me soon

And the music plays around us

I like the look that’s on your face

As you move in close to me girl

There’s starlight in your gaze

When the wild wind blows

All the clouds off sky

And the Trees whisper

In a telltale sigh

When the sky goes dark

And the stars blink shy

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high….

When you meet me like this

In secret rendezvous

I hear our heartbeats quicken

Every time it feels like new

Velvet darkness embrace

As we dance into the dark

Moonlight silver shadows

There’s magic in the park

Morning's far away girl

We still have the night

To forget all that’s not us

It’s wrong but feels so right

When the wild wind blows

All the clouds off sky

And the Trees whisper

In a telltale sigh

When the sky goes dark

And the stars blink shy

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high

Baby you and me on

A Twilight high….

-Mohan Kumar 2013-

All paintings copyright Jack Vettriano

'Betrayal: First Kiss' By Jack Vettriano
'Betrayal: First Kiss' By Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano only picked up painting when he received a set of watercolours for his 21st birthday. Growing up in abject poverty in Fife, Scotland, Vettriano did various jobs untile he discovered his natural talent for the easel. He didn't have any formal training and only painted pastiches as a hobby. His portfolio was rejected when he applied to study fine art in his twenties.

Although success only came relatively late, in his thirties, he did have the last laugh. The first two canvasses submitted to the Royal Scottish Academy show in 1988 sold on the first day. Demand for his work exploded among collectors. His most famous artwork, 'The Singing Butler' sells as more posters and postcards than any other artist in the UK. He has been awarded an OBE for his contribution to art.

Vettriano's film noir themes and undercurrent of sensuality appeal to many.

'Midnight Blue' By Jack Vettriano
'Midnight Blue' By Jack Vettriano

© 2013 Mohan Kumar


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    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      @Dotti- what more can a humble scribbler ask for than a heartfelt, captivated, appreciative reader. It's all the more special that it's you, dear Dotti. ¡ Muchas gracias, Amiga!

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      D.Juris Stetser 

      6 years ago from South Dakota

      I am utterly breathless. the night speaks to me in furry, captivating whispers..always and forever - So this poem (stunning), the music (an old favorite of mine), and the art the perfect catalyst to blend all into an absolute jewel....I cannot begin to tell you how this captured me....Awesome doesn't even begin to describe it...Sharing .. Of Course! Loving it. Keeping it! Beautiful work my dear friend....

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @waynebarret: Thank you Wayne, I'm glad you like this.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      7 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Being an artist, you pulled me in with your gallery...and then you so sublimely finished me off with your beautiful words.

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @teaches12345: thank you! I'm glad this was swoonworthy... that's the mark of a good result!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      This is so beautiful! Love the video and music. The photos really draw in your imagination to the romance of the topic. Still swooning!

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Jamie: thank you very much - I'm pleased you enjoyed this hub. appreciate the visit and comments.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      7 years ago from Reno NV

      What well written poetry, with some very memorable lines, and I loved the artwork. A very interesting and awesome hub, thank you. Jamie

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Dolores Monet: I am glad my effort to bring such diverse talents together has found an audience. Vettriano and the Platters : a marriage that exists only in my tortuous thoughts and in these pages. Thank you so much!

      @Audrey: Thank you Audrey. You know me. Incurable.Yes. Incurable.

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Nikki: Thank you so much for your visit/comments.

      @Amy: I get as much pleasure from reading your astute, analytical and always appreciative comments as I get in writing and creating this bit of entertainment. I am indeed a fortunate man, not because of my meagre talents but because of finding such erudite and enthusiastic friends who support my work here. thank you, dear Amy.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Gypsyrose: I always see the various art forms complementing each other and enhancing each others enjoyment- like fine wine and food, music and art go well together. My poem is happy to tag along as a support act! thank you so much for your comments.

      @dghbrh- Thank you so much for your reading and votes.

      @DDE: I'm glad you enjoyed this . thank you!

      @Beingwell: Thank you for your support. Much appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      What a romantic you are! This was wonderful!

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Marvelous! I have always loved the Singing Butler, the story shown, the reflections on the beach and you have used it so well in your hub. The poem, the music, and the art blended to create such a dreamy quality.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love the subtle, but palpable sexuality of Jack Vettiano's 'every picture tells a story' vision. The painting of the man and woman, 'Queen of Diamonds', sitting opposite each other is intriguing in its ability to make the observer feel like an intruder, unable to look away. Although the gentleman's eyes are looking into the beautiful woman's eyes, the dangerously lengthy ash on the end of his lit cigarette, reveals his heated distraction and anticipation in the excitement of their twilight high. Jack Vettriano's paintings, for me, depict a "Bond" like quality.

      Your poem, Docmo, expresses the sensory excitement of the paintings perfectly. Your intellect is evident in all of your work, as well as your eye for the same with your creativity keeping pace. You were born with many gifts, Docmo, and that makes you a fortunate man, and your readers lucky to have found you.

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      Intriguing paintings, and a lovely poem/song to accompany them.

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      7 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! Very nice hub! Voted up, docmo.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! So lovely to hear this song and the poem say it all

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      7 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Lovely poem with the beautiful imagery. Votes up and away.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. This is one wonderful poetically romantic journey and the pics and video incredible. You know I think that artists and poets compliment each other very well What the artist visualizes on paper the poet can say through his or her words. Love this and passing it on.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @drbj: You are always very kind to me with your comments and support- thanks. I'm glad to have found such appreciative audience to this production. Thanks you!

      @Sha- pleased that you like this enough to want a sequel. I think this is perhaps a prequel to my other poems ' The Map of you' and 'Everytime' ! Thank you so much for your visit and comments.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Martie: yes - isn't it so? The excitement of a secret rendezvous is the twilight high. I like those 'twilight highs'. thank you so much for your visit and comment.

      @Ruby: Thank you so much for reading/sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

      @Pamela: would you believe that I've only recently come ot hear the platters song and I fell in love with it straight away. The song was very much the inspiration for putting the paintings together and my poem.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Nithya- thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this.

      @tobusiness: What better way to end a sunday than to get an 'awesome' - appreciate it very much.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Dana: aw thanks very much. I like it when I enthusiastically share something that I 've enjoyed with others and then find that it can become a shared enjoyment too. I really wanted to play with conventions here- twilight has traditionally meant 'end' and I wanted this to be a 'beginning' or something promising. Traditionally twilight is a 'fade to black' but I wanted to convey this in an opposite way as an anticipatory crescendo. I'm glad you like it, Dana.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Ishwaryaa: Thank you very much. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

      @suzettenaples: Thank you so much for you effusive appreciation - I'm really happy you found this enjoyable. I'm glad you're familiar with the artist. Vettriano has achieved international success with his prints and cards - while the critics may have underplayed his influence he has so much crossover appeal away from art snobs.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Doc, I love this poem. It's heated yet sensual and you can sense the slowly building heat between the lovers. This almost beckons a sequal!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Jack Vettriano is the master of sexual subtlety in his magnificent paintings just as you, Mohan, are the master of phenomenally perfect poetry to accompany them. And you wrapped it all up with the perfect song, 'Twilight Time." Thank you for this spectacular treat.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is one of my favorite old songs, which was a beautiful way to view the lovely art and read your poetic verses. The romance was caught in all the above. What a beautiful and awesome hub, thoroughly enjoyable.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved the music and video, perfect for your beautifully penned poetry. Thank you Docmo, sharing on Google+ Bravo!

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful video. Romantic and passionate poem - giving the reader a clear idea of the excitement experienced during a secret rendezvous. Oh, why oh why are forbidden fruit always sweeter - because the kernel is so bitter....

      Excellent, Docmo!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      7 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      The music poem and images comes together beautifully for a wonderful experience. Awesome!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome poem and video. Enjoyed reading. Voted up.

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      You have such a good eye for art. The collection you put together is wonderful. And the song - one of my favorites. I like how you attribute a sense of anticipation and urgency to twilight, as if waiting to enter whatever is held in the evening.... I just as easily can see twilight as the opposite. Calm. Easing into the night... I guess it all depends on what was in the day and what is ahead in the night.... I love dusk in the summertime especially. The way day eases into night, the change in creatures stirring, the change in teperatire and the feel of the air. Crepuscular is one of my favorite words from wildlife biology (describing the animals that are active in the periods between day and night).... BEAUTIFUL POEM of course. Captures that anticipation of the evening ahead - sure to be wonderful.

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow! I have to tell you your poetry is very arousing. No one's poetry has ever affected me this way but yours. This is beautiful and the video is lovely and charming and I love this artist's work. I have never heard of him, but I have seen some of his work before. When I worked at the Bombay Co. many years ago, we sold reproductions of some of his paintings. I loved them. Thank you for more of your wonderful poetry!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderfully versed poem with an amazing video & lovely pictures! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thank you Daisy for being first here. Appreciate your visit and share, as always.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      Thank you, my friend, for taking the time from writing the medical textbook to produce this brilliant video and poem for your readers' enjoyment. Well done, as always!


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