{fmf} Paint

Join us at Lisa-Jo Baker’s for Five-Minute Friday, where we receive a prompt and write for just five minutes and then hit publish before we overthink or over edit–it’s exercise, after all  ;).
Carol Bovee
With a flick of his head
Hair flops to the side
And settles back over downcast eyes
Slouching on past the group by the locker
Hiding pain behind the stroke
Of his swag

With a grimace of lips
Pulled back from white teeth
Faintly resembling what once was a smile
“How are you?” receives the requisite, “Fine!”
Masking loneliness with the brush
Of pretense

With a trembling “I can do it myself”
veined hands grip the walker
Marching painfully on toward
The smell of old people, potatoes and coffee
Denying frailty with a perfected dab
Of pride

With a narrowed ice glare
Words shoot across time
“Why don’t you trust me, I’m not stupid”
Ducking into the car filled with laughter and hormones
Fighting for independence with a roller full
Of ignorance

With a palate of paint, a person the canvas
Brushing and dabbing, scraping and shading
Choose the direction that life has to take:
Carefully cover unwelcome truth
or thoughtfully create a masterpiece
of beauty and love.

 

 
Five Minute Friday

Please note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • you write so beautifully! Taking an ordinary encounter and turning it into art.

  • Thank you so much Julia! Glad you stopped by!
    Carol Bovee recently posted…{fmf} PaintMy Profile

  • Wow! You wrote this in only 5 minutes? It’s amazing!
    Rachel Lundy recently posted…Five Minute Friday: PaintMy Profile

    • Thank you Rachel. I actually confess I went to bed thinking I didn’t have anything to write to the prompt, but my brain worked without me until I finally got up and wrote it down so I could sleep. The actual writing took very little time, but my mind was spinning for longer, I’m sure! 🙂
      Carol Bovee recently posted…{fmf} PaintMy Profile

  • Mel

    So beautiful! Blessings to you! 🙂