‘The 100’ #81 – Struck by the Stick of Understanding


struck by the stick of understanding

he emerges from a dream of light

into an even brighter realm with

brittle edges and elusive shade,

blinding in its clarity,

merciless in its glare.


his dream was all soft shadows

compared to this




in which he cannot

breathe or think or see,

and everything believed before

becomes illusion.


turning from this sharp veracity,

retreating back to dappled sleep

he drifts through sensual clouds,

trailing sanity but home again,

beyond his understanding,

to smoky skies of love.


art and poem by clinock.

art: acrylic and mixed media (based on a sketch for ‘Dual’). Click on image for best view.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


19 thoughts on “‘The 100’ #81 – Struck by the Stick of Understanding

  1. Really love this artwork. Visual zen poetry. There are so many wonderful details within the artwork including the subtlety of the text. Looking at the larger version of the image is like meditating on a zen koan.


  2. “stick of understanding”!!!
    I’m getting a warm and pleasant feeling out of this dual [nobody accused me of being “normal”!]. I love the way you’ve worked on that impact, John.
    Happy Friday!


  3. Understanding is a mixed blessing, especially when it belts the living daylights out of you! Beautiful resolution of the poem and dazzling image with the subtlety of buried text. Great post John!


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