The artist’s inscription #poetry and #prose

FAIR WARNING: This is a dark tale!

They say each picture is worth a thousand words
But only one of these amongst many was ever painted
If you saw them all, it would reshape the mystery of that wall
Twist it into something you’d want to forget, yet forever remember
For why must you always look?
Why must you always know more?

The eye of child
sees the unseen
The mask of age
sees the unclean
I, saw them all!
thus tell this tale
of young ignored
elder deceived
Riding upon
lies to demise
The eye of child

Youngest of two brothers, he had a cute little camera
It took pictures of everything-
of mum and dad,
of home and adventure
of plants and machines
Pictures of wonder
Pictures of secrets
Pictures of IT!

#writephoto

IT was known as the piper, whistling from a quaint little chapel in a lush green vale
And like the old folktale, children came to IT
Younger with older
All eager, all excited
For so rich was ITs tune, so mellow ITs voice
so sweet the candy IT gave
the stories IT told
the games IT taught!
And for three months each saturday, the children returned
Until they began to sicken
One by one.
A first death,
then a second…

But the children did not know, and how they loved their secret piper
So one Friday holiday, the little one with his cute little camera sneaked to the piper’s chapel
I’ll surprise him, he thought
But when he peeped he saw
And when he froze, his camera snapped on
And at last he ran, never to return
The camera he stashed far away, afraid of the nightmares it held
But the next day, a Saturday, the piper would whistle one last time
And the little one would fight, pull, and clutch at his older brother’s coat
begging him not to go
But that day, the piper’s song was sweeter than ever,
and the little one’s brother would not believe him…

#whatdoyousee

The eye of child is drawn to magic
called by wonder
snared by mystery!
In a way, despite age, that eye never goes blind
They say each picture is worth a thousand words
But only if you saw these pictures all
would you know this wall’s distressing tale
and maybe you’d curse
for if you always look, you may not like what you see
but you will always find truth

Years later the little boy, now grown, would develop those pictures
He would only be allowed to show one
the one he painted on this wall
where the artist’s inscription reads;
“Age that did not listen. In loving memory.”

©judeitakali


Hey everyone. Hope you enjoyed this. It’s a bit dark I know but I was due a little of this on my site. Semester finals are just around the corner so I’m a bit scarce this month and half of next. I have some exciting writing news though, that I hope to announce before end of next week, so stay tuned.

As usual, looking forward to your thoughts.

For;

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

55 responses to “The artist’s inscription #poetry and #prose”

  1. 💪🏾 all the best

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  2. Very dramatic. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gwen.

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  3. Splendid use of all the prompts. You are a most talented writer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Annette. That means a lot.💖

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  4. You really create tension here.
    Good luck with your finals! (K)

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    1. Thank you so much, K.💜

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  5. Excellent weaving of all these prompts in a dark and intriguing story Jude. Thanks for joining in my friend. And all the best for your studies.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sadje. Love the new picture. Finally a face to the person😁

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      1. Thanks a lot Jude! You’re so kind.

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  6. Showing all pictures could have saved many more lives.

    Wishing you success in exams as well as for the next book 👍🤩

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    1. Thank you so much, Reena💜💖

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  7. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    The artist’s inscription ….by Jude Itakali

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  8. Brilliant post today, Jude… it sent chills, so slowly down my spine…

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    1. Ooh, I’m glad you liked it. Good thing I had to make this short and didn’t have to describe the other pictures, only to evoke.

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      1. It was brilliantly done, Jude…

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  9. wow you used all those prompts brilliantly and seamlessly Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation, Michelle.

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  10. When you said IT I had the clown from the film IT in mind. I’m excited for your writing news. All the best Jude 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I was going to use another one syllable name but that would mean I make what I intended to be a short tale a little longer, by describing the villain a bit for the fear factor. Whereas IT already evokes fear, and you can imagine IT whichever scary way. If it helps, I didn’t picture my villain as a clown, but definitely evil. An adult who saw that smile would know straight away it was evil.

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      1. That’s even more scary, Jude

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  11. Awesome! Wishing you luck with your exams and looking forward to your exciting news!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eugi. I’m braced.

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  12. Brilliant use of all prompts for an intriguing dark tale,Jude.

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    1. Hi Jane. Thank you so much. I’m so so caught up🙏🏾🥺

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      1. You are welcome, Jude!

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  14. Jude, your weaving of the various prompts is par excellence! All the best for your exams.

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    1. Thank you so much Punam. Im a bit late to respond.🙏🏾

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      1. No worries, Jude. You are welcome. Hope your exams are going well.

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  15. Ohhh, nice and spooky, Jude! I like it . 😍

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen.🙏🏾

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    1. Thank you so much🙏🏾

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  16. Wonderful responses to the prompts, Jude 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Harmony. I’m so late for this.🙏🏾

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  17. Definitely a scary tale! Well done and good luck on tests.

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    1. Thank you so much D.L. It means a lot.

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  18. Jude, these poems feel to me like an old, wise poem wrote them… especially that 4-11. I love ’em.

    ~David

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    1. Thank you so kindly, David. Means a lot.

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  19. Brilliant!👏👏👏😀 I enjoyed your poem and story! Wishing you the best with your tests.

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    1. Thank you so much Vashti Q.

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  20. You did this tale SO much justice!! I loved it.

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    1. Thank you so much, LaShelle.

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      1. You’re welcome 😁

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  21. Wow Jude, this is fantastic. I loved the darkness to it, it felt like an old folktale which should be told around a fire. Thank you so much for a great #writephoto entry and good luck on your exams. KL ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Caley. I thought you hadn’t seen this, glad you liked it. Thanks for the luck as well.🙏🏾

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      1. I have been away with family but trying to catch up with everything now. KL ♥️

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        1. Welcome back.😃

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          1. Thank you. KL ❤

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