a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Self Portrait

for dVerse~Poets Pub
Self Portrait

Not a wearer of pink
Nor dresses
I keep my face hidden
While I watch Nature
As if she were a Oscar-winning movie

Times ago
I wore pink dresses
Life leeches the pastels
Leaving earth tones
Blue jeans and big shirts

I want to be remembered
By the actions I've taken
Not how good I looked 
In the coffin
I want to slip away

To be a thought
That crosses someone's mind
"I knew her..."
And they smile
Knowing I'm not far away

31 comments:

Claudia said...

oh that is beautiful... the things we do are more important than the way we look... and i too think that nature is better than every movie...

Aida Karanxha Bode said...

Such a sincere narrative for yourself. I especially appreciate the outlook you have for yourself and it gave me a warm feeling in my heart. Be a thought in someone's mind. What a great thing to be :)

Brian Miller said...

ha. i def would rather be known for my actions than how good i look in a coffin...i rather like earth tones as well...nature is a beautiful movie...smiles.

Yousei Hime said...

Life leeches the pastels
Leaving earth tones
Blue jeans and big shirts

So, so true. Really enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you for sharing it.

TexWisGirl said...

love it.

mrs mediocrity said...

Lovely... I'd rather keep my face hidden and watch Nature as well...

Ginny said...

Your poem is brilliant! Verse two is only too true. Your talent as both a poet and an artist is amazing. Your picture is truly symbolic of youth and innocence. This is my favorite poem so far! Your post before this amuses me greatly!

Kathryn said...

I'm a lover of earth tones and you make me smile without having to go anywhere. :)

kkkkaty said...

There is a lot said here even though it is fairly short...obviously not an attention getter, but a thinker, a spiritual one, I think

Linda Wildenstein said...

oh stars.....this is so profound and stirring.........you rock my dear.

John Gray said...

Love the skirt

Susan Kane said...

the picture in my mind plays like a watercolor. Lovely. That is how I want to be remembered.

The words you use, the images that arise--thank you.

Irene said...

That is excellent, Gail. Brilliantly written!

Willow said...

Aha ~ your true "nature" is beautiful .

A Quiet Corner said...

My sentiments exactly!!!!...:)JP

Country Gal said...

Amen to that ! Lovely !

bwfiction said...

there is a beauty in honesty that shines here

Lynne said...

I really, really liked this . . . painting too.
Many phrases to think on . . .
Loved it!

Kamana said...

i think this is beautiful. i see myself in this portrait as well.

Sumana Roy said...

we all long for those actions to
be remembered and to live on..love
the poem and wonderful painting...

Saucy Kodz said...

Sometimes I think our writing paths cross - they certainly did today. You struck a chord in me with this one and your poem sounds exactly like something my Mom said one day. Love it. The card made me laugh out loud and feel warmth in my heart at the same time. Thank you Easter Bunnies Gail n Marcy - That was so thoughtful and a warm spark of joy swept through my Easter Heart on a bitter cold day - yep, we are back to winter again - its -11 this morning??? Happy Easter dear friends :)

Sandra said...

ditto what ginny said, this one is brilliant... you are scaring me, i am GETTING more and more of your poems. this one i can relate to.. me to on jeans and big shirts....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love how the journey takes us from dresses to earth tones and big shirts - similar to the inner journey as well....very cool.

Other Mary said...

I just love those last two stanzas Gail. I like your ideas and priorities.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I am all about comfy clothing! Happy Easter to you and your family!:)

LindaG said...

Very well done, Gail. ♥

Kate Mia said...

True i think..always better to live in one's heart rather than vision..as sight is fleeting..but heart last at times..as long as heart exists..wherever love lies..as such..in TRUTH...

findingtimetowrite said...

I for one am glad you abandoned the pink dresses and are so genuine and heartfelt.

findingtimetowrite said...

I for one am glad you abandoned the pink dresses and are so genuine and heartfelt.

Sue said...

I really like my down-to-earth friend, Gail. She is a pretty neat blog pal.

=)

quest4peas said...

I'm not far away...what a lovely postscript to a life. :-)

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