we do frame life on nails

canvas back r c

ah…well we do frame life on nails
with show to the world…side out
rough selvage toward the wall

our moments are breath canvas
pressed and framed and stressed
to fit expectations… dreams

ah… what a world is on the flip side
of the portrait we present beneath
lip tighten frown kiss smile

our senses…watercolor oil pastel ink
brushed and blended…varnished
against fading even in a darkened room


Bonnie Marshall

6 thoughts on “we do frame life on nails

    1. Hmm…thank you, Andrew. This is a poem I came back to thinking it needs revision, and realized it doesn’t. It’s one of my favorites, so I’m glad you like it. Smiles.

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