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My First Portrait

Long ago
My First Portrait
Not good enough
Youthful pained enthusisam
Eagerness to please
The most beautiful being
Sandro’s Primavera -Venus-Madonna
Impelled my pitiable pencil
Across a tortured agony of
Unfortunate paper
A photo begged
Quiet promise for surprise’s sake
I would return the snapshot
Could I the likeness?
My fear
Furiously scrawling
Neophyte hands distressed
Lines not right
Teeth not quite
Shading smudged
My dilemma worsened
Panic and hope collide
Agony my curse
My shame
Not good enough
My soul’s echo
Sheepishly I gave it
Her smile unrolled
My desperate peace
What was it she had said?
You really got my dimples?
My mother wants to frame it?
Did she mean it?
Just being kind?
God give me peace
Still strapped-in-tight
Capable arms bound
Inadequate long my refrain
After 34 years
She visits my dreams
Still Not a word
I do not look at my shoes now
I look upon her with confident eyes
I an Ufizzi patron strolling
Her beauty yet stills my soul and tongue
Her gaze yet benificent releases me
Would I engage this beauty again
My cheerleader
To immortalize that grin
I would not worry about
Not good enough

My First Portrait


Dolan Springs, United States

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Artist's Description

I tried my first portrait in high school no doubt to impress this girl I was fascinated with. She was kind, but I was morbidly shy. The heightened emotional state that took the courage just to present this piece of paper to her no doubt affected my lifelong lust for art. I have avoided portraits for the most part, but I am no longer afraid of doing them. Like hands, and feet, faces are hard to capture, but I am ever more determined to go after tough details as in my homage to Walt Evans. Some faces are unforgettable… When I am distressed or lonely, one face returns to me as beautiful as she was when I did her portrait so many years ago.

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