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Hello fellow poets, Michelle Beauchamp here (aka Mish) your host for this week’s Poetics.
It has been difficult to see the mass destruction and disturbing events taking place in Ukraine. I am confident that I speak for all of dVerse when I say that it hurts our hearts. We’ve seen the heaviness of it all released in recent poetry. I was extremely moved last week by a poem written by Ain Starlingsson, ” A Song of what they Mislabel as Innocence”. He writes from “a cellar with a flickering light as the bombs fall” and marvels “at the ability of children to make the best they can of every given situation”. If you missed it, you can find his poem here. This particular line became so embedded in my mind.
“And remember the capacity for another to inflict pain must not be greater than yours to inspire dreams“
How true. The message sent me searching for another glimpse of light within the darkness of war. I found it. I found her! Today it is my pleasure to present the beautiful artwork of “Vika Muse”.
I discovered this young visual artist on Instagram and began communicating via email. Her strength and ability to continue to create through chaos and fear is uplifting. I find her work to be surreal, dream-like and introspective. There is an element of light in every offering that is so calming and hopeful. The accompaniment of tiny forest animals somehow feels protective and comforting. And fairies? Who doesn’t love fairies? At this time, she says that “escaping into the fantasy world helps to overcome the feeling of permanent anxiety caused by the war….helps me for awhile.”
Who is “Vika Muse”?
In her own words…..”I was a web designer for about 13 years. But I wanted to be an artist in my childhood and didn’t have support from my parents. So now I’m trying the new direction and improving my skills every day. The main subject matters are usually nature, landscapes, fantasy art, and fairies. I’m a self-taught artist.”
“Vika Muse” has given us permission to use any of her images for our poetic prompt this week. Below are many examples of her work. She has kindly added her thoughts and inspirations for each piece. Click to enlarge. You can find her on Instagram @get.muse She is also featured on this website http://www.inprnt.com
Your poetry challenge: From any of the sources mentioned, choose an image that speaks to you. Let it guide you on your poetic journey wherever that may lead. Any theme, any style of poem. **PLEASE credit her work. ** by sharing her name and Instagram.
These are obviously perilous and uncertain times. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with her. From her Instagram, in a note under her piece, “Breathe the Air of Freedom”, she shares this message:
“I wish I could have manta rays in the sky… instead of Russian bombs and military airplanes. I’ve noticed that my disturbing paintings didn’t make me happier. They cause even deeper depression. So I’ve tried to draw my future. It is bright and sunny. There are no bombs and war… Only beautiful landscapes and dreamlike sky. I hope I’ll meet such a future someday…
P.S. Be empathetic with your relatives and value your lifestyle. It’s big happiness to have mundane life and safety and independence. So simple and so valuable.”
During this unfathomable yet very real situation in her homeland, let us bask in the light of her artistry and be a reflection of light with our words.
Thank you, “Vika Muse”. Sending love and light from dVerse Poets Pub!
Here’s how to join in:
- Choose a piece of artwork from the collections of Vika Muse to inspire a poem. Post it on your blog or website. Please credit her work.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read, comment. Come back later to read more.
- Provide a link to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Drop in to say hello in our discussion below.