Art Reflecting Life

A kaleidoscope of disturbing

And enigmatic images

Flash now before my mind’s eye


A cerebral menagerie

Painted from long forgotten memories

That were tucked secretly away

In the back corner of my mental studio


They are now being displayed

In my mind's personal gallery.


Shocking reminders of youth;

On blood red canvases

Depicting moments of cruelty and neglect


Abstract images of confusion and loneliness

And various black and white portraits

Of heartache and pain

Now arranged in a horrific collage

Of misery before me


An unscheduled showing

To remind me of what I fought so hard to forget

And put behind me.


But as I reflect

And now admire the perplexing

And unsettling collection laid out before me,

I realize how I have successfully erased my past


I have painted a new life, a masterpiece!

Full of beautiful lines and brilliant colors

And I now find comfort

As I now let my wonderful life

Reflect the art my heart now produces.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The picture of ones past should not reflect the portrait of ones future.

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