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The Shaded Portrait

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Excited brushes paint young landscapes
of shifting colors, defining those days.
Heartwarming happiness and miserable moments
blended together through thick and thin strokes.

Time moved on without hesitation,
as the last coats irrevocably dried.
Clarity remained as we gazed back
to a place we wished to revisit.

Now eons have passed.
Numb feelings
rival ever-fading colors,
and cracking surface reveals shallow reality.

We now know what future means.
It comes on swift, shadowy legs
consuming, bestowing darkness and decay,
until nothing remains.





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AngelsKiss This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 8:13 am
I like this poem very much because it seems that the portrait is an illusion of this beauty this wonder, and the reality that we live in just gets darker and darker.. the last line "until nothing remains" really spoke to me in a haunting voice, I could almost imagine it, the painting this beautiful portrait in a world of ruins.. Please read and comment on some of my recent poems:)
 
Grayson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm
thank you! yeah that's kind of what I was going for, how the past is so beautiful in so many ways but there's always the looming inevitability of death. and ok i will
 
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