Painting with poetry

By Damsel

Paint covers my skin in a myriad of multi-coloured speckles and splotches I paint I paint with brushes and fingers and forearms and the left-hand bottom corner of the shirt I put on especially for painting because I knew I would end up dragging it across the canvas at some point in time I paint with colours so many colours I paint with red and yellow and black and blue like the bruises that dotted themselves down your thigh after you slipped down the stairs and only half caught yourself on the banister The bruise went purple and then green There is no purple in my painting My canvas is worn around the edges too much time alone in its shiny shed but I use it now I twist open and pepper paint Black tainted paint the final strokes to my canvas The final strokes to the final face Your face My face I raise my paint covered hand up to my cheekbone to check whose it is but I remain unsure You arrive entering the shed with definite steps You ask me I smile at you I look at your cheekbones I raise my hand and run my finger along your face It leaves a paint mark You nod your head I pick up my jar of pepper paint and dip one long finger into the squelch I paint the contours of your face I paint the contours of your face with my fingers You put paint on my face and I paint the contours of your face with my face with my nose I mark out your lines the lines that define you and me in you You ask again I invert the commas around the poetry but you grasp my moving fingers with your hands The paint on my hands smudges into your palms You tell me I smile I try to wipe your face clean with my shirt but only succeed in smudging your features I take a clean brush and paint your face with water washing away the black and painting in you

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Painting with poetry

Created: Mar 02, 2010

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