Aesthetic Of A Dandelion

by Mahal Ko Kuya Ko   May 29, 2018

He was a curator
who speaks softly about
springtime dreams,
flowing stars,
maple trees,
and Vincent van Gogh,
he’s always loved the constellation
of Canis Minor
and drawn Killua Zoldyck on
illustration boards
using pencils
out of boredom,
he owns a gallery
which houses 40 paintings,
with 3 barely hanging on the wall.

Who am I to know about pastels
and easels?
About canvasses and paints?
I might have made
an impressionist artwork
if I am too educated about it,
I can’t even use a protractor
nor a compass,
can’t even comprehend
your horoscopes and introspections,
all I can do is measure lightyears
through my poems,
watch September pass by in a jiffy,
and adore Don McLean.

I can’t understand the gray
in the strands of your hair
neither I can stay by your side,

because the artist that I am
isn’t enough to decipher your abstraction.

Still… I can write
about your gestures, silly remarks,
and the way you walk on willowed roads…

Haven’t visited your gallery in a long while now…

I wonder,

are the three paintings
with dandelions in them

still hanging barely

on your storied walls...


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  • 3 years ago

    by Michael

    A wonderfully written piece.

    Michael :)

  • 3 years ago

    by Merope

    There is a Japanese light-novel with a similar title "Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero" which I think may have played a role in the creation of this poem, the plight of a hero. You draw the parallel and then ground yourself with a simple question 'do you still remember me'. You dressed it up beautifully with your careful hand-selected words and similes. Dandelions are an invasive plant, considered as a weed, their life-cycle is rather tragic, the blossomed yellow petals curls up surrendering to "death" and its remnants are scattered like star-dust. It is a metaphor for life - the common conception of a dandelion (the yellow flower) is meant to be in a state of transition. Are you meant to be a transitory concept for whomever the 'you' in this poem is? All said, exhilarating write. x)

    • 3 years ago

      by Mahal Ko Kuya Ko

      Hello! Welcome to the site! And thanks for the comment! Really, there's a light novel like that? I actually drew some inspiration from a Naruto episode titled 'Aesthetic of a Hero'. Haha. The title are kinda the same, though. I love your interpretation of Dandelion.

  • 3 years ago

    by Jamie

    I have always loved your writing and this is no different. Absolutely stunning imagery and word play. I would have nominated if it was not already. Well done.

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