portrait painted with pigments permanent
pencil lines placed precisely hardly perceptible under paint
proof of persons once powerful presence posed and poignant
pity how pigment fades, powder upon parchment, passing away.
sketch scratched with shaky uneven stroke
slicing slashes of charcoal scrawled on sullen surface
showing strength and serenity through struggle and strife
sad how suddenly things spin, stealing swiftly ones sense of self.
Photograph framed in finest wood fascinates
feeling frustration and fear her face’s fallen features
fumbling to find herself without familiar and firm foundation
funny how flowering bloom of friends and family fades to fodder.
drawings are but dust and dreams on paper defined
drops of destiny on drafting table delineating ones direction
dust so easily disturbed by drops of rain and tears down-pouring
disappointing, dismal day to discover we are doomed to eventually disappear.
Karen Quinn 2013