Its April of 2020 and Day 07 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


Metaphor: Guernica

Guernica is an oil painting on canvas of 11’5’’ tall and 25’6’’ across by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It is known to be the best works of Picasso. It is recognized to be one of the most powerful anti-war paintings in the history.  The painting is done in gray, black and white. It portrays the suffering of people and animals wrenched by violence and chaos. Prominent in the composition are a gored horse, a bull, screaming women, dismemberment, and flames.


The painting for me is an abstraction. I feel it’s a timeless metaphor displaying suffering. I dedicate my today’s poem to my friend Rahul, who passed away from an accident in last week of January 2020.

I talk to a friend,
His another friend,
On how hard it is,
To believe all this.
Water-park, gardens, streets,
Office, lakes, hotels,
We have our pictures,
A Guernica.

I was in Pune for 5 months and he was majorly in there in all the chapters of ‘I Love Pune’. To the good soul! I like how the pictures with wide smiles now often bring tears.

15 thoughts on “Guernica

  1. May his soul rest in peace. Some people are snatched away way too early. This painting seems relevant even today. Though it isn’t exactly a war, it does seem like one with the lockdown and the rate at which and the extent to which it’s affecting people.

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  2. **wiping tears from my eyes**
    Oh Prakash I did not know about Rahul…I am so very sorry for the loss of your good friend. I remember Rahul from “I Love Pune”….my heart breaks for you & his family & other friends.
    Your use of the metaphor Guernica is poignant & so perfect for the situation…
    May Rahul find Peace. An you also.
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen

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