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Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a Man

For years I have fled from a nameless figure
that first blossomed in water on an unsuspecting page,
was built unknowingly on a canvas in oils,
leaked from the tip of a chortling fountain pen, 
and sketched in wandering shades of flower-grey.

A hand, taken from a poet whose lamp still burned into the night
A pair of eyes, jewels hidden behind fractured glasses
Hair, raven-black and ruffled in the direction of the wind
A nose, flawless white, from a marble sculpture in the park
Lips, pale rosy and stolen in the middle of song
A back, slightly bent beneath the burden of time 
Two feet wrapped in weary brown shoes that walked the whole way.

For years I have fled from a nameless figure
For years I have learnt by heart the essence of his being
For years I have whispered in secret an unknown identity
For years I have yearned for his soundless voice.

And then, he came to me.


© 2010

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  1. Date: 11/8/2010 11:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning write in Frank's Love Story Contest Grace. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 5:48:00 AM
    Congrats Grace on your HM in the Love Story contest with this wonderful write and win today .. enjoy a special honor all your own with luv..

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 5:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win, Grace

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 5:11:00 AM
    A sweet write with touching words expressed...Congrats on your win....Michael

  1. Date: 10/25/2010 10:47:00 AM
    a truely beautiful write, enjoyed,..P.D.

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 10:03:00 PM
    Wow, Grace, I can't really explain the word to describe this one. Perhaps, mesmerizing? A really awesome poem and such a classy way to end it! LUv, Andrea