Self Portrait (Poem-A-Day 7)

Self PortraitFor today’s prompt, write a self-portrait poem. Pretty straightforward, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of room for creativity. Just look at artists and their self-portraits; there’s a lot of differences in the self-portraits of Kahlo, Schiele, Dali, Van Gogh, and others–and not just because the artists look different themselves.

Self Portrait

It just needs a little editing
Take some off the gut
Fill in the thinning hair
Unrecede the hairline
Smooth the wrinkles around the eyes
Too much grey in the beard
Just leave some at the temple
To look distinguished

It’s my own fault
For not dying young

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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1 Response to Self Portrait (Poem-A-Day 7)

  1. Mary says:

    The hairline is exactly where it ought to be


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