Painting Her Portrait

Painting Her Portrait

I’m painting my portrait
An absolute likeness
Faithful to illustrate every fine line
I’m mastering detail
Highlighting defects
Making a permanent mirror to see
All of the faults that lie hidden in me

I’m painting my portrait
It’s plain and uneven
Reminding me what I am
What I must be
I’m leaving out nothing
No matter how painful
All of my flaws on display to be seen

Now my painting is done
I’ll start another
This one of her
And when I close my eyes, I clearly see her face
Capture her grace and poise
Fight back the tears
And I’m painting her portrait…

– Marla Schaffel, Jane Eyre, OBC

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