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Painting My Husband

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Painting My Husband

His squarish jaw, waggles when he thinks,
holding his fingers entwined at his waist.
He stares past his silvery frame, sinks
into mind, until I break in and say hi.

His thin silvery hair, is plush with curls at neck.
He stoops over as if time has weighed in
I see him counting, saying what the heck
here’s a bird, a butterfly, noisy squirrels.

His hands have a pain in them, all webbed
inside, pulling muscles taut, but they wave
they stroke the air, my legs, the seas ebbed
the sand, the sky, building the future in mind.

And when he picks up his violin mistress,
he dances her, never still this man of mine.
His harmonica hoots the day’s stresses,
digging out his soul, bending him like grass.

Sometimes I have to silence his motions,
hold him close to heart, let him sleep.
But always he plays out his commotion
making me music, making him mine.

Copyright © Sheri Fresonke Harper

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  1. Date: 6/30/2013 8:50:00 AM
    A very intimate write for your husband, congrats and thanks also. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 4:43:00 AM
    Very nice word painting of your dear husband!

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 3:07:00 PM
    lovely write, my friend

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 4:49:00 PM
    What a beautiful picture and poem and man and person you are for writing about him...congratulations

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 6:16:00 PM
    Hi Sheri, a nice winning poem in the "WORD PORTRAIT" contest :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 7:06:00 PM
    I love the image you painted in words of the one you love! Congrats on a wonderful win! Hugs

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 5:53:00 PM
    Huge congratulations Sherry I just knew this would be a 1st place getter. SuZ

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 7:54:00 AM
    Oh, my goodness......what a lovely lovely poem this is! What a loving and honest to goodness beautiful portrait you have painted with your pen! I love it!

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 7:17:00 AM
    "His violin mistress." How true. At 83 I can play a few Fritz Kreisler tunes and some Bach unaccompanied, but the arthritis has warped my hands and taken my strength. I don't know whether this has anything to do with your man, but just in case...Love, daver

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 5:19:00 AM
    Very expressive and descriptive..Writing as an artist would see the scene..Great work..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for your visits..Sara

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 8:29:00 PM
    Painterly effect

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 8:09:00 PM
    A great portrait in words.i got a picture of a joyful spirit Suz