Self Portrait


Inside this portrait

A colour of freedom

A soothing deep within,

In a golden brush stroke

An eternal healing hope


Outside the cemetery gates

Citrine sapphires,

Revealing perishable life

Dissolving fears

Drowned in crystal love


Within these doors

A saffron aroma

Touching my eyes,

Filling my soul,

Fragile golden dreams.


Inside this season

Every day is changing

Deeping autumn

Immersed in mercy

Glorious crimson grace



Written for Poetry Jam

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13 Responses to Portrait

  1. Such beautiful imagery in this poem, Alan……I love the “eternal healing hope”. The sapphires, the crystal love. And, especially your beautiful closing line. Wonderful writing!

  2. elaine says:

    So many colours and precious gems in these lines – is there a hidden meaning?

  3. Mary says:

    Wonderful to contemplate the “glorious crimson grace,” Alan. An excellent portrait.

  4. peggygoetz says:

    I like all the colors in this, each conveying something different. A pleasure to read.

  5. Wendy Bourke says:

    You do such wonderful things with color and evoking a cascade of color images and aspects that is transcendent, really. Another lovely piece, Alan.

  6. Gabriella says:

    I like the idea of the ‘saffron aroma’ as well as the colors in your poem, Alan.

  7. Sumana Roy says:

    such beautiful lines full of positive and spiritual vibe…so wonderful to dissolve fears drowning in crystal love…love the words with such amazing depth…

  8. Myrna says:

    Your words are so beautiful. The poem creates a peaceful appreciation of life by the images you express.

  9. brian miller says:

    crimson grace…the only kind of grace that is sufficient….def love the spiritual undertones that echo throughout as well alan….

  10. Alan,

    I love the colours and the image you have created with your characterful poem. Something deeply moving and of a spiritual connection…Prayer-like.


  11. Enigma says:

    Beautiful and vivid. Loved this.

  12. Nicholas V. says:

    You have painted your poem with a wondrous palette of gorgeous colour, Alan. A joy of a poem to read!

Thank you for reading my poems. Please don't feel you have to comment. I enjoyed writing them, I hope you enjoyed reading them, Be blessed.

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