Painted Vessel of Passage

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Skin, oh the falsities stretched over flesh
As a smile, or a laugh, or a wish
Twisted in foreign hieroglyphics
Subtle nuances of portrayal
With which we deftly parry
The thrust of probing questions
Or misguided salutations
But skin is not what I am
And this boxcar bears no resemblance to the passenger within
Merely a painted vessel of passage
Oft’ the canvas of a graffiti made to fade
A forest, blocked by trees
Or, perhaps, a tale that no one would believe
That is us
That is me
Beneath

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41 responses to “Painted Vessel of Passage

  1. I love these two lines VW:

    “A forest, blocked by trees
    Or, perhaps, a tale that no one would believe”

    Just wonderful poetry. I found your piece haunting… excellent writing!

  2. There is such beauty in the way you express your ideas about issues that we seriously need to contemplate. Each line is riddled with wit and leaves the reader no option but to pause and ponder. Wonderfully written, Vampire πŸ™‚

  3. How wonderfully you capture in these lines the faces of self-protection, of hypocrisy, of white lies, of kind intentions, of “putting our best foot forward”, hiding ourselves even from ourselves! Thank you SO MUCH, VW!

  4. Wow!! Master-crafted, VW! The skin disguises who we really are… and the facades of expression are our emotional skin, also hiding our true selves…. Many layers to peel back in this metaphor. I love it!

  5. No we are more than Skin VW and as we leave this flesh behind us, we have many layers indeed .. And when they are peeled back, there is then no place to hide from our true selves..
    Beautiful poem with a deep understanding and meaning VW xx ~Sue

  6. Stunning! And the graphic goes perfectly…
    **But skin is not what I am
    And this boxcar bears no resemblance to the passenger within**
    I can relate very much…very often… to your words.

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