s(elf)

saccharin smiles and neatly brushed hair

angelic smiles force fed by demonic parents

one for the album of all that you see but me

this isn’t the kind of doctor you wished for

unfurling that which you wished to cage as

spirals of thought spill from the axis of normal

flowering from oppression’s compost garden is

a soul in a photograph that you could not steal

 

Kerry has offered us a photograph or two for the Camera Flash prompt over at Real Toads which is also serving as my go to corner of the interwebs for NaPoWriMo.

The photo I chose resonated with me for perhaps, obvious reasons.

20 thoughts on “s(elf)

  1. Kerry says:

    The reasons are not so apparent to me but I am aghast at the complexity of the portrait you have drawn with words. Each line is a mini masterpiece of word choice and imagery and together, the effect is quite overwhelming. Really well done.

    Day 7! Cheers!

  2. elleceef says:

    Your self-portrait is unique to be sure, I’m impressed. In your poem I especially liked the line
    “this isn’t the kind of doctor you wished for unfurling that which you wished to cage” Not fun when something/someone lets those secrets/shames out. 🙂

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    I’m intrigued by the layers within layers -reflected in your words. I’m completely clueless as to ‘the obvious reasons’…but I do appreciate these layers of pain, oppression and deception ( in your art and words). Well done!

  4. willow88switches says:

    this isn’t the kind of doctor you wished for

    – wow, you’ve pulled out your scalpel here and have exercised fat from bone and tissue from muscle –
    there is a sinuous quality to this duel/duality – it’s rich for the feasting, not only on the eyes, heart, but within a soul frame of a frame – which then breaks apart into a million directed flying arrow pieces –

    oh yeah, fascinating Paul
    Cheers!

  5. mhmp77 says:

    kaykuala

    spirals of thought spill from the axis of normal
    flowering from oppression’s compost garden is
    a soul in a photograph that you could not steal

    Brilliantly descriptive, Paul. Yes, he looks to be too serious a doctor as sometimes a doctor should be!

    Hank

  6. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    “flowering from oppression’s compost garden” … and those photo albums can certainly be false memories – funny my dad took so many photos of scenery and not of his family when we went on vacation. Perhaps that’s a good thing, who knows. Intriguing write as you leave us with a lot of questions.

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