canvas and mirror Poem by Evie Shockley

canvas and mirror



self-portrait with cats, with purple, with stacks
of half-read books adorning my desk, with coffee,

with mug, with yesterday's mug. self-portrait
with guilt, with fear, with thick-banded silver ring,

painted toes, and no make-up on my face. self-
portrait with twins, with giggles, with sister at

last, with epistrophy, with crepescule with nellie,
with my favorite things. self-portrait with hard

head, with soft light, with raised eyebrow. self-
portrait voo-doo, self-portrait hijinks, self-portrait

surprise. self-portrait with patience, with political
protest, with poetry, with papers to grade. self-

portrait as thaumaturgic lass, self-portrait as luna
larva, self-portrait as your mama. self-portrait

with self at sixteen. self-portrait with shit-kickers,
with hip-huggers, with crimson silk, with wild

mushroom risotto and a glass of malbec. self-
portrait with partial disclosure, self-portrait with

half-truths, self-portrait with demi-monde. self-
portrait with a night at the beach, with a view

overlooking the lake, with cancelled flight. self-
portrait with a real future, with a slight chance of

sours, with glasses, with cream, with fries, with
a way with words, with a propositional phrase.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kim Barney 22 June 2015

Wow! What a montage of images! I could see them all! I was pulled in by the very first line: self-portrait with cats You might like some of my Cat poems: Cats (in the style of Bri Edwards) Cats (in the style of Edgar Allan Poe) Cats (in the style of Gajanan Mishra) Cats (in the style of Heather Burns) Cats (in the style of Michael P. McParland) etc.

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Evie Shockley

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Nashville / Tennessee / United States
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