The Stolen Painting – A Reflection

This poem titled The Stolen Painting  was authored by Akiane kramarik at age 8 in her book titled My Dream Is Bigger Than I – Memories of Tomorrow – Part Two Page 72.  “You will need your own copy of this book to view the full text of this poem.  I limit quotes for the purpose of discussion and to follow copyright guidelines that allows for limited quotes.”

The Poem The Stolen Painting consists of three stanzas with seven lines each.  The photograph I choose for this poem is of a piece of art I purchased at a local charity shop during my time in Ireland…The nation of Ireland was robbed blind of their children their land and their dignity for centuries…So if any nation understands why Akiane wrote this poem titled The Stolen Painting it is the Irish Nation…The Irish nation wrote songs like Danny Boy which is depicted in the photograph I choose for this reflection to cope with their sorrows and sufferings.  Just like Akiane uses poetry to express how she felt about life particularly how she felt about her painting stolen from her….Akiane wrote this poem based on the terrible truth that a horrible person stole one of Akiane’s prized paintings.  Akiane was able to track this painting down years later…I will now discuss Akiane’s poem titled The Stolen Painting…The first stanza opens with the lines “When intentions question me I need to rake each grasp like a strip of dried up grass.”  This poem speaks about Akiane’s creativity.  Akiane, also paints wonderful paintings and does an excellent job of capturing the binary art forms of her subjects.  It is not surprising then that Akiane is considered a “binary genius”.  Her ability to write in depth prose at a young age and paint detailed complicated scenes also at a young age is remarkable.  At one point in Akiane’s life she painted a famous painting of Jesus titled “Prince of Peace” you can google search this painting.  It is a lovely depiction of Jesus.  The story goes that one of Akiane’s original paintings was stolen.  I do not recall now if it was her original Prince of Peace painting but I believe it is possible this was the painting that was stolen.  Akiane, mentioned that she did another Prince of Peace painting which is why I say this.  It is best to purchase Akiane’s books and study her remarkable story on your own time.  Now back to the poem titled The Stolen Painting.  To me the reader this poem is about a Painting that was in fact stolen – one of Akiane’s fine paintings.  The second stanza opens with “I do not need to run like this all my life.  Filthy anise stops growing in my cleaned up-eyes.”    This line is an allegory a beautiful depiction of a young girl growing up.  A young artist whose eyes are opening up to the reality around her the world around her which is both beautiful and lovely with it’s worldly nature and beauty found in humans and creatures the trees the birds of the air, the green grass the blue skies, the forests the rivers lakes, canyons etc. etc.  This list does not do justice in describing the beauty of our planet earth.  To me the reader…Akiane describes her own beautiful process of opening her eyes and exploring the world around her.  Part of this process of discovery is understanding as Akiane understood and learned by the fact that one of her paintings was stolen.  That the world is a both a beautiful lovely place and that horrible people can and do make the world a very ugly place via thefts and other such terrible deeds.  The last stanza speaks volumes about how Akiane felt at the age of 8 about her stolen painting.  I do not recall at what age Akiane experienced the theft of her painting.  Is it possible this poem written at the tender age of eight prophesied the theft of one of her paintings???  I will study Akiane’s story again myself to double check the facts.  As to the timing of her stolen original painting and this poem.  The last stanza says “I need pollen to cover my eyelids so I will not see who steals my painting when I enlarge your whispering pupils.  As I wait for you I swim in your tears. Only your maroon tear ducts stop me like the dew hills”.  To appreciate this poem in it’s entirety you will have to purchase your own copy as mentioned in the opening paragraph.  I purposely leave out many quotes to follow copyright guidelines that allow for limited quotes for discussion purposes.  I hope that those who study these reflections will purchase their own copy of Akiane’s wonderful prose.  I wonder did Akiane prophesy at the tender age of Eight that one of her paintings would be stolen???  This is amazing I found a link which I tried to include here that you the reader can reference. However when I click on that link it says that they no longer sell Akiane’s work.  It is best for me to limit what I say here to reflections and allow you the reader to do your own online research including purchasing Akiane’s book of prose and other works from Akiane.  It turns out that Akiane’s Prince of Peace painting was stolen about a year before Oprah Winfrey introduced Akiane’s paintings to the world.  It is best to online search this history yourself to avoid the chance of  error in providing the wrong links here.  I limit this space to reflections.   Akiane was Nine years old when Oprah Winfrey introduced Akiane’s work to the world.  This places the theft of Akiane’s masterpiece titled The Prince of Peace around the age of 8 which places the theft a year before her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show at the age of 9.  Since Akiane’s poetry was published later.  I wonder was her poem titled The Stolen Painting composed before the actual theft of her painting???  I am not sure.  I would say it is fair to say this poem written at the age of eight by Akiane was likely written after the loss of her painting by theft.  The link I tried to include here but failed describes Akiane’s incredible journey and how miraculously years later she discovered who stole her painting and offered to buy it back from the thief who keeps it in a vault and according to this link refuses to sell it back to Akiane the artist. Art and Soul works once sold Akiane’s work though I am not certain if they continue to sell for Akiane and her family.  It is best to find Akiane’s work yourself via online searches as I am not certain which links are truly Akiane’s and this is also to avoid the chance of providing the wrong link.  I once again limit this to reflections from my own book that I myself purchased from Akiane years ago.  The last stanza of Akiane’s poem suggests that Akiane prophesied the theft of her beloved painting though I make no claim that this happened as I have no idea exactly when Akiane’s painting was stolen and I also have no idea exactly when Akiane composed this poem in relation to the timing of the theft of her beloved original Prince of Piece masterpiece.  This poem is sad and reflects Akiane’s broken heart over the theft of her painting. It remains a fact that Akiane experienced the theft of one of her original masterpieces and that this theft broke her heart which is what this poem written at the age of eight by Akiane reflects.  A young girl with a broken heart from the theft of one of her beloved masterpieces.   I end with a few lines from the last stanza that says it all.  “I need pollen to cover my eyelids so I will not see who steals my painting?”…As a thank you for reading this reflection enjoy…My playlist from YouTube where my son and I explored Ashford Castle and took Falconry Lessons at the Ireland School of Falconry…I share this with you to bring you joy because life is too short to be sad all the time and life is also too short to be serious all the time…