I Gather Misery

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration – The Walls Have Eyes
“Write from the point of view of a portrait on the wall.”


Vincent Van Gogh – Self-Portrait

Some of you stare
intently at my image
while others gently
tip-toe by. It’s that
bandage, isn’t it?
If you are waiting
for blood to seep
from the bandage,
remember, I have the
advantage of knowing
it will not, and do not
in miracles. Those
who pass quickly
with prickly feeling
just looking at
my face, perhaps
you fear contagion
of madness. There is
a state of sensitivity
nearly impossible 
to live with.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to I Gather Misery

  1. rothpoetry says:

    It would be rather disturbing to see. He was losing it at that point for sure. Well done.


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