Portrait of a Portrait (after ‘Paul Oxford’ by Frank W Johnson) (2nd draft)

January 31, 2010

His portrait blooms
a double murder

graphite lines
bleeding into heavy paint

He looks like knives:
his Elvis shirt
his checkered blazer

He’s fleur-de-lis,
pink chain
across his dark neck

And he looks like shadows
strolling into walk-ways

He looks like thoughts
realisations coalesced

He’s playing pool
and drinking lager

He’s dating girls
and eating chips,

He looks like knives:
his Elvis shirt
his checkered blazer

It’s the 60’s or the 70’s.
He’s looking at you.
Things are going to change.

Work in progress by Scott Bridgwood, on original portrait, by Frank W Johnson.

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