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Art and Poetry: The Map of You

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

The Art of Female Form

As a youngster growing up in South India, I was immersed in the lyrical ballads of Tamil Cinema. The melodious songs that featured in every film I watched had me hooked. Tamil is an expressive and ancient language that is rich is metaphor and simile. The songwriters were balladeers of the highest order in that era. The hero often wooed his heroine with rich, melodious and meticulously crafted song numbers that played over and over on radio.

Even though they are from the land of the Kama Sutra, there is something coy and cosy about these songs. There is subtle innuendo, soft allusions and hidden meanings that became more apparent to me as I grew older.

By osmosis, I must have absorbed thousands of those songs that enriched my language and imagination. I can recite many from memory. When I became comfortable and fluent in English, I was able to call upon such the allusion rich verse that stoked my senses into my own writing.

Many of these songs featured yearning and appreciation of the female form. ( Needless to say almost all these songwriters were men!). To my teenage mind, such subtle eroticism was appealing.

Perhaps it is in the memory of those melodies that 'The Map of You' was born...

When I came across the paintings of Rob Hefferan they seemed a fitting compilation to complement the words. I am also proud that Rob was born not too far from where I live now in NorthWest England and exhibits in Manchester where I work.

Art by Rob Hefferan

Art by Rob Hefferan

The Map of You

There is mystery and magic

Beauty spots that defy logic

In the Map of you

I want to visit places

Survey treasure maps and traces

In the Map of you

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Moonlight shines from crystal eyes

Lighting up my misty skies

In the Map of you

Arching eyebrows feign surprise

Lashes beckon me new highs

In the Map of you

From the Oasis of your lips

Oh this weary traveller sips

In the Map of you

Unknown paths for me to ponder

When cloudscape teases yonder

In the Map of you

I long to scale the heights

Take in all the wondrous sights

In the Map of you

Navigate through the rapids

Visit parks designed by Cupids

In the Map of you.

Gentle peaks and luscious valleys

Intrigue lurks in perfumed alleys

In the Map of you

There’s danger but no malice

In this wonderland of Alice

In the Map of you

There is mystery and magic

Beauty spots that defy logic

In the Map of you

I want to visit places

Survey treasure maps and traces

In the Map of you...

-Mohan Kumar-

Rob Hefferan

Rob Hefferan

Rob Hefferan

Drawing his inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Rob's beautifully observed paintings are a visual delight. The realistic renderings of the characters, the lighting, the colour schemes and the mood the works create - all show the assured hand of a true master at work.

Rob uses acrylic, oil and pastels to create his body of work. Born in Warrington, Cheshire in the UK, Rob had a preternatural artistic talent that he pursued single mindedly. After an uninspiring school life, he found his calling via Padgate art school and subsequently went to University to study art. Perhaps finding the formal education a hindrance rather than help to his natural talent, Rob pursued his career as a full time artist and left the University after a year.

His first solo exhibition was a roaring success and he sold out all his paintings, giving him the confidence to set about his body of work. Both a commercial artist and a portrait painter, Rob's work has gained fandom throughout the world.

His online gallery is at Rob Hefferan.

© 2011 Mohan Kumar


Audrey Howitt from California on June 27, 2013:

art and poetry do go hand in hand! beautifully done!

Mary Craig from New York on June 27, 2013:

You know of course that you are totally amazing? This hub from start to finish is a work of art...."soft allusions and hidden meanings" waft throughout this hub.

"There is mystery and magic" everywhere in this hub, from your beautiful opening video to the closing artwork by Rob Hefferan. I have to say Mohan, you really know how to pick 'em and you really know how to touch the heart and, well, other places (can I say that on HP?)

This is just superlative. Voted everything except funny, pinned and shared. Because of you and this fabulous work I created a Poetry Board on my Pinterest. And, since I'm rambling on and on, might as well tell you I can't imagine how I missed this all those months ago.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on January 15, 2013:

Mohan (Docmo),

I have returned to read your beautiful poem again and share it with a poetry group I joined.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 07, 2012:

Keith, thank you my friend for your warm appreciation.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 07, 2012:

What a wonderful thought, Dotti. Me, a male Scheherazade, staying up all night reciting poetry to a Queen! I think there is a story in there somewhere. A modern Arabian Nights...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 07, 2012:

Sunshine thank you for understanding this map despite the self confessed lack of spatial orientation!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 07, 2012:

Martie.. what a beautiful reply. Appreciate this Lief(ling) :-)

KDuBarry03 on August 05, 2012:

Docmo, you are a true poet and it shines in every stanza of this inspiring and visual poem. Very beautifully done :)

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on August 05, 2012:

Ai-yi-yi! I have to save this in a special place for our winter in South Dakota. Good Grief Mohan, you make poetry a physical experience sometimes (most times). In another place and time, you would be the male version of Sheherazade, kept behind a locked door and made to read poems like this every night, all night long.. and the Art....amazing! ".....scale the heights" wow!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 05, 2012:

I have no sense of direction and maps are a big blur to me. No kidding, I get lost walking around my block. Yet, I understood your map thoroughly. I didn't even require a GPS! Well done!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on August 05, 2012:

Docmo, this is truly a beautiful poem. Allow me to reply on behalf of all women having the privilege to receive a poem like this -

Born to be your map

I reveal to you

many roads

to paradise.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 04, 2012:

Thanks Dana, I'm quietly happy coming up with that line... one of my favorites... glad you like this.

Dana Strang from Ohio on June 18, 2012:

I don't know how I did not read this already. Shame on me.... This is exactly how a man should see a woman, becuase this is how a wonam truly is. Beautiful. My favorite parts... "There’s danger but no malice / In this wonderland of Alice.... Beauty spots that defy logic"... wonderful images. especially the first two.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 12, 2012:

Christy I really appreciate hearing that. I am so pleased. Thanks for coming back and letting me know. I wondered all the surge in traffic was from- Much Thanks to you and Daisy for haring this!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 12, 2012:

Docmo, dropping by to say I shared this poem and was so well-received by my friends. It is a hit! You should be proud :)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 12, 2012:

epi- good to see you here sir. Thank you again, your comments and compliments have always purred me on. Thank you!

epigramman on June 12, 2012:

still one of the best pieces of writing ever - and it certainly inspired the humble epi-man. lake erie time 1:35pm

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 12, 2012:

Daisy and Christy- thank you very much for your appreciation of this effort. I'm glad you like it.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 12, 2012:

Oh I really like this poem, what a neat concept. I must share and vote up :)

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 12, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

What a beautiful expression of love in your words and your photo collages.

Your emotions flow in a tender song in this...another

Jo_Goldsmith11 on November 13, 2011:

I could feel the emotion and tenderness. I think this is so beautiful! I voted up as such and shared! :) take care.

writinginalaska from southeast Alaska on April 10, 2011:

brilliantly done, drew me in like a whirlpool.... reminds me of some of my own poems, gmta ;)

lvh writinginalaska

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 26, 2011:

@James, thank you for dropping by- glad you like this.

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 24, 2011:

Such gorgeous photographs! I enjoyed your poetic gifts. Thank you for sharing your creative art with us.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 18, 2011:

@Ashantina - Thank you so much!

Ashantina on March 18, 2011:

"In the Map of you..." What a lucky lady!!

Simply beautiful Docmo!!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 18, 2011:

@Trish_M thanks for dropping by and commenting on this- appreciated.

@Erin, really glad you enjoyed the music and my words.. thank you very much!

Erin LeFey from Maryland on March 18, 2011:

Very lovely and sensual. Soothing to the soul...the music set the mood. Voted you up, awesome and beautiful.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on March 17, 2011:

Poetry as well!

Very talented ~ a lovely poem!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 17, 2011:

@fossillady- Glad you appreciated the Michael Buble connection - anything to mellow the wonderful ladies - if Buble can't then who can!

@chspublish- deeply appreciated!

@tnderhrt23 - I can always count on such wonderful readership for inspiration and support. Thanks!

tnderhrt23 on March 17, 2011:

This is truly a Masterpiece of Poetic art, Docmo! One of my all time favorites! I am in awe!

chspublish from Ireland on March 17, 2011:

Such insightful writing is to be admired.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on March 16, 2011:

Dam your good! Michael Buble accompanied your lovely poem perfectly!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 16, 2011:

Epi, you flatterer. You are going nowhere, You know how good you are! I do like the title that was the first thing that was floating around in my head before the poem was born. thanks for your comments!

epigramman on March 16, 2011:

...well this is perfection in poetic art - I feel like a fraud next to someone like you - that's it I'm leaving the Hub are just too good and I love you for it - and gee I wish I had come up with that title - the map of you - pure f''''' genius ...... you are!

Keep me on my toes buddy , I am inspired by this one!!!!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 16, 2011:

@attempted humour- thanks for your visit and comments..

@ Cogerson.. i wanted to photos to convey the poem so did a 'mash-up' of some stock photos- glad u liked them..

@ Susan, thank you very much.

@drbj, if I tell you, it wont be 'intriguing' any more! Thanks.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 16, 2011:

This is delightful poetry, Docmo, and what images it evokes. Particularly like the line: "Intrigue lurks in perfumed alleys." Tell me more.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 16, 2011:

I love this. Up and beautiful!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on March 16, 2011:

Great job....I enjoyed your writings and the photos and the song on the are the man.

attemptedhumour from Australia on March 16, 2011:

Hi Docmo, you have perfectly demonstrated how much love and respect you have for your partner. Very impressive.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 15, 2011:

Amy, as always your comments and compliments make me feel humbled. Thank you very much.

Will, thank you!

livingsimply, you are welcome!

Fay, Michale Buble is one of my favourites- have watched him live many times- he has a beautiful voice.

Fucsia, yes- I hope they are turned into songs one day.

Benwritings- glad you dropped by bro- thanks!

kirutaye- very kind indeed. Thanks for your comments.

Nell, cheers!

Nell Rose from England on March 15, 2011:

Hi, this was absolutely beautiful, you described it so well, amazing. Rated up! cheers nell

kirutaye from London, UK on March 15, 2011:

I love you poems. They are always so sensual. Thank you and Well written. :o))

BenWritings from Save me from, Tennessee on March 15, 2011:

Lovely poem man

Very passionate toward whoever that was for.

I liked the style and layout. Simple, beautiful. Great work!

fucsia on March 15, 2011:

Docmo these words are beautiful and have a soft rhythm.

I think that this poem could also be the lyrics of a song

Fay Paxton on March 15, 2011:

Docmo, you have won my heart. A beautiful poem and Michael Buble'is more than I can stand.


livingsimply from Isle of Arran, Scotland on March 15, 2011:

Just lovely, thank you

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 15, 2011:

Another treasure.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on March 15, 2011:

How do you do that, Docmo...manage to so exactly describe the mystery, the undescribable emotion that defies all logic in love. Each and every word, each segment of this piece is a visual, emotional painting of the most beautiful, ethereal expression of love. You make it real and touchable. The musical choice says it perfectly in another dimension that illustrates the fact that you surely know what you speak of. In a million years, I could never say it better. If I had an art museum, this would have a special place of it's own.

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