The Artist of my Soul

What do you see #47

Oh to find the one
Who knows you more than any
Never to be yours

What do you see photo prompt

Who are you that sees me so clear
A voyeur who prowls my soul
And drips between its layers
Daring to divulge
Secrets I did not know I had.
How in so short a time
Have you found what none has found in a lifetime
When did you become the artist of my life story
Deftly splodging my pain in patterns across the page
Depicting my fears in adroit designs of nervous hues
Smearing my dreams in lustrous colours and glossy paints

Are you a gift sent to make me whole
A match meant to be
Or are you a curse…
Bait dangled by fate
A taste of what will never be

Oh autumn colours
Old leaves carrying new dreams
Artists of the soul


Eugi’s promptautumn leaves.

While writing this, I kept asking myself;

Can a soulmate be merely a friend(be it, a lifelong one), or is a soulmate meant to be a lover or partner?

I hope you enjoy this,
Please stay safe, and stay loving..

56 Comments Add yours

  1. justcalmwildness says:

    I loove this. It is rare to find someone who understands you for who are. I believe a soulmate can be a friend.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you Jackie ❤️Interesting take, maybe you’re right, I’m not too sure though

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  2. Sadje says:

    A evocative poem Jude. Thanks for joining in the challenge with this beautiful poem

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    1. judeitakali says:

      It’s my pleasure Sadje, very much so.

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  3. Pallavi says:

    Beautiful lines..I think he/she can be either or both 🙂

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pallavi, I agree

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  4. kittysverses says:

    Interesting poem, Jude. 🙂

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Kitty💕

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. 🙂

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  5. A beautiful poem as always!
    I think a soulmate can be a friend as well…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Jackie said that too, I guess I’m getting convinced. Maybe what I’m wondering is if a partner must be a soulmate?

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      1. 🤔
        I really don’t know…
        I don’t think it’s really necessary but we expect the same person to fulfil both the roles. Few succeed, few fail.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I have to agree with you on this, it makes sense.

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  6. Great poem Jude. I love the words ‘deftly splodging’. Wonderful!
    I think a soul mate is a combination of best friend and the love of your life. I also think it is very rare to find one’s soul mate. Most people settle for second best.

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    1. I agree with you!

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    2. judeitakali says:

      You read my thoughts just now, I think I can accept a soulmate being a friend, so I wanted to know if a partner or spouse has to be a soulmate

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      1. I would think so Jude, otherwise you are going to be unfaithful to your spouse/partner if he/she is not also your soulmate. In my opinion a soulmate is your best friend and best match in a physical/sexual sense. Do you see what I mean? So your spouse/partner should also be your soulmate – your best friend and the person you enjoy being with most sexually. Once you have found such a person, other people can be good friends but you should not fancy them sexually.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you so much Kim. Alot is clearer now🤗🌷

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  7. Chris Hall says:

    That’s another beautifully written piece, Jude, and you pose an interesting question. To me, a soulmate represents a very special and deep kind of love, which endures… a lifetime and beyond?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Ahh, Chris, thank you. I think I now see that a soulmate is not necessarily the same as a lover or partner, and is a different dimension of a connection that can be found or not found in the person/s we love

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        That’s how I see it.

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  8. Dora says:

    Beautifully expressed! Friends can be soulmates, but soulmates are so rare that when you find one your first realization is that they’re a gift from heaven to be blessed and never taken for granted.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I hear you Dora, I really hear you on this, thank you 🌷

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  9. bejamin4 says:

    Just amazing: “A voyeur who prowls my soul / And drips between its layers”. Bit of a sad tone to this though. Love found but not fully realized together. Could feel the words of this one.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, alas, it didn’t feel right to go happy coz soulmates are hard to find or identify

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  10. It is very true what you have written here, Jude. We don’t know for a long time whether the people we love and who seem to understand our needs really do and are really what we expect them to be.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Succinctly put🧡

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  11. We are surrounded by myriads of people constantly, yet we hope to find that one person who we think would understand us. However, when we do come across one, it’s important to realize the miracle we’ve just witnessed. I love the tone of your poetry Jude! As friends or as lovers, they’re hard to come by! ✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I agree completely. Thank you Rishika, it means alot you liking the tone🧡🌷

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  12. -Eugenia says:

    Beautifully written piece, Jude! A combination of one who understands you and stands behind you and also your significant other is a soulmate, IMO. I love your approach to the prompts and you for joining in.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugenia, for the appropriation and the insight.🌷

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure, Jude! 😉

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  13. Elizabeth says:

    Great interpretation for the photos and interesting question, food for the thought!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Elizabeth 🌷

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  14. What brilliant poetry, Jude… soul mates are best friends, lovers, husbands, wives… you’ll know, trust me. ❤

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Colleen, fingers crossed

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  15. rahjomuelvin says:

    It is really beautiful!❤️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much rahj

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      1. rahjomuelvin says:

        You’re welcome.

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  16. Oh, well done. Enjoyed reading this a lot. So wholesome. But you know what, I would prefer understanding myself first before looking for another person to see that. This way I am not dependent on anyone else, which is a lot liberating.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah makes sense but sometimes someone else sees something that we could not see on our own. Self evaluation can be dangerous if not assisted/aided

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      1. Agree. Having a good sounding board helps a lot. Like having a therapist.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Indeed, or a soulmate if you’re lucky, but yes I agree, get to know yourself as much as possible and you’ll generally be okay

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  17. Nima Mohan says:

    The whole set up is wow Jude 🙂
    A soul mate need not be a lover , but can be a lover..
    not always a friend, but can be a friend too..can be both !! 🙂

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Nima, I like how you put this.

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      1. Nima Mohan says:

        You are welcome 🙂

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  18. Jules says:

    Autumn is my favorite season… Maybe since I was born in the fall?
    You have so many wonderful lines inscribed in your verse.

    Friendship and soulmates… can they be the same without being defined by undefinable love? A question that will continue to baffle humanity. I think you can still have some secrets that no one will every know or need to know.

    When I was growing up I very much disliked when my parents said they knew what I liked without even asking me. Maybe they had an inkling, but I would like to believe individuality is stronger than some strong guesswork.

    Along those lines… can a profession be a soulmate – some seem to devote so much time to the point of ignoring all others, some disregarding people. Poets and writers love their written words. Often comparing them to ‘children’ gifting their writing into the world.

    What ever soulmate means to you – may it bring you joy and happiness without regret. Cheers ~Jules

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    1. judeitakali says:

      No Jules, I’d prefer you drop the 411 on me. What you’ve learnt

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      1. Jules says:

        I can only answer questions from my perspective. Which is now that of a grandmother 😉
        Life has it’s ups and downs. When we look for the good, be good I can only hope that positive radiance attracts more good.
        Perfect isn’t something I look for – the treasure only has to be good.

        For example when I started dating my hubby – the conversation only once queried of past relationships. Of which he said they didn’t matter since we had each other now. And that my friend is good, very good.

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  19. Susi Bocks says:

    Just absolutely gorgeous and so much depth, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Susi. I’m glad you like this, it was so heartfelt this..

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      1. Susi Bocks says:

        You are so very welcome, Jude! 🙂

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