Self- Portrait



As I was beginning a painting a few days back, I read something off to the side that said “Look in the mirror for 1 minute and write down everything you remember that you see.” Yikes! Scary thought…. Tomorrow I will be 37 anImaged when I think “age” different words come to my mind than when I look in the mirror and I think “accomplishment” and see who I am.

Ok, so we have already established through posts of the past that I am list maker. What I find interesting about the task I gave myself is that I started by writing down actual features and watched the features turn to emotions and actions. My one minute staring contest with myself turned into a self-portrait.


  • Green Eyes
  • Fine Lines
  • Chubby Cheeks
  • Dark Hair
  • Rosy Cheeks
  • Tired
  • Regular old lips
  • a bigger nose than when I was young
  • sparkle
  • light
  • Interesting features
  • Change
  • Older
  • Different
  • Challenge
  • Story
  • Keeper of Secrets
  • Questions and Answers
  • Private Sadness….

Her tired eyes always tell a story

each new fine line leading to a new tale

to tell the new souls which enter daily.

Some point downward

creating pathways for tears,

While more frequently they aim

straight toward her crazy imagination

where she has learned to create her life

Through generosity and forgiveness.

She smiles through lips which can reveal

a history no one has privilege to without her.

She has become a family treasure.

The weight is heavy but she will take it.

It is a gift handed down to her.

She has realized she is worth something

More to herself than anyone else.