Dorian’s Palette

042414Made of failure,
constructed of disappointment,
she is set down before Beautiful
with her empty bowl
and her crushed being.

Twisted and untruthful,
plank-eyed and a great arm for stone throwing,
she is brought to Beautiful
and placed on her mat,
given her bowl.

Her portrait is a glossy masterpiece
in Vermillion
in Prussian Blue.
The brushstrokes are masterful–
a rich blending of evil
of intention
of all the good colors.

She holds out her bowl
to take up the collection,
the things she needs from others
to cover up her own contributions.

All her betrayals
and every dead thing
she’s made or believed
go into this bowl
as she sits on her mat.

At night she brings out her mortar and pestle.
She brings out the linseed oil.
She grinds the contents of her bowl into
lovely pigments
to correct her portrait.

But each morning she must
be carried out again.
Unable to stand,
she is set down.
She holds out her bowl.

Until she hears,
Look at me.

And she does.
Then.
Beautiful looks at her.
Beautiful takes her hand and
pulls her up.
Beautiful is where she’s always been.

Standing up,
her knife is no longer flat and dull,
no longer for mixing facade.
With the new blade
she can destroy her portrait.

When they ask her what has happened,
she will say,
I looked up. It is Beautiful.

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8 comments on “Dorian’s Palette

  1. rosierauh says:

    “I looked up”… really beautiful.

  2. Amy Fujii says:

    Beautiful words from a beautiful woman… 🙂 On Apr 17, 2017 2:28 AM, “Smile When You Say That” wrote:

    > Christina Rauh Fishburne posted: “Made of failure, constructed of > disappointment, she is set down before Beautiful with her empty bowl and > her crushed being. Twisted and untruthful, plank-eyed and a great arm for > stone throwing, she is brought to Beautiful and placed on her mat, given > he” >

  3. Tomoko Ella says:

    You’re brilliant.

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