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Stand there, he told me.
Look up, try not to move.
So I stood there
while he painted me in half-profile,
and looked at the sky
and tried not to move.
I tried to think of nothing,
but (you know how it is)
the thoughts come into your head.
So I looked at the sky and remembered.
Tears in my eyes?
No, it was just that the sky
was very bright that day, I remember.
I remember a lot of things.
Some of them I’d prefer not to.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2009


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  • Susan Jarvis (9/29/2009 10:05:00 AM)

    A master of English once told me, a perfect writer never gives the reader too much; it's those words that are left unsaid that say everything. Now I know exactly what he meant. S :)

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  • Jasmin Whyte (9/22/2009 3:23:00 PM)

    If I had had a hankie in my hand, id have wrung it while reading this poem. Sometimes, a poet manages to put something across that speaks volumes and yet leaves a void for us to fill ourselves. This poem achieves that and is memorable for doing so

  • Jacqui Thewless (9/6/2009 6:18:00 AM)

    I liked this a lot till I came to the last line, (which could be rewritten?) - the style of which is suddenly formal and stuffy.

  • Lillian Thomas (8/29/2009 2:36:00 PM)

    Quite a nice poem Paul, you are quite good at creating these atmospheres. It leaves a lot unsaid, and leaves it to our imaginations to figure out what the subtext is. Something emotional is going on out of view, but I don't think you have given us enough to guess what. And maybe that is how you want it left: more about the emotion itself rather than the cause. But for me this intimating something but not saying and no way to know, is a bit distracting, I think I am too curious for my own good. lol

  • Sonya Florentino (7/18/2009 9:01:00 PM)

    it's hard to keep still...and it's hard to forget....poignant write....

  • ~ Jon London ~ (6/23/2009 10:47:00 AM)

    Paul, one thing I have grown to expect from your creations, is your natural ability to create such wonderful imagery in your writes....your poems expand the mind.....keep penning my friend

  • Vaibhav Pandey (1/4/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    interesting piece.................

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