Adequate Portrayal

use paint to show passion,
be fearless when you capture
the details of her body,
use sprees of color, be meticulous
with every part, but pull
you are an outsider,
observing through an open
seeing only the surface.

the intimate — ah, yes, the inner
being — must be reserved
for the written, for the eyes
can never fully appreciate her,
whereas words — while still
woefully inadequate —
can provide a glimpse
of the soul.



for the Sunday Whirl


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

10 responses to “Adequate Portrayal

  1. Oh, MY. Yes.
    I’ve always thought “A picture’s worth a thousand words” worked both ways. But then, my addiction for words is insatiable.
    Love this.

  2. Intimate and deep. The imagery is lovely.

  3. I like the comparison between painter and writer, while essentially they are same only using two different mediums. Nice one, Mark.


  4. I enjoyed the illustration you paint with your words. Nicely written.

  5. I like your comparison of the two ways of seeing. Well done.

  6. muse

    This is very interesting. I like it. A little bit creepy, the voyeur. But I like it.

  7. Words say it how you mean it, pictures are more open to interpretation.

  8. Love it, very well written

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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