I Wish I Were A Painter

I wish I were a painter,
so I could paint my poems away.

So I wouldn’t have to strain and look for words,
and my brush would conveniently sway.

Red would mean I’m vexed and cross.
Blue, like an arrow, would pierce my thoughts.

Pink’s for when you’re in love,
and white for purity like a dove.

And then there’s black too,
and a little grey for me and you.


That’s the thing about painters,
they know and merge the fine line in grey.

For poets go on and on,
somehow trying to make it stay…

And on a cloudy day,
when all the world’s a gloom.

I’ll draw someone I miss,
instead of pondering for hours and hours over a stolen kiss.

If I were a painter,
I’d find not the right words,
for my palette would suffice.

Ice would mean ice,
not cold or avarice.
Purple would be a bed of lilacs,
and not blood blue.

And while I was at it,
I could afford to bend down and tie my shoe.


When it’s cold, I stay in.
On a sunny day, I go out.

Yet words come only when the souls cracks,
and I guess that’s what poetry is all about.

Β© achillesheelpoetry, 2022

9 thoughts on “I Wish I Were A Painter

  1. And if a heart’s broken, they’ll just draw one,
    not find euphemisms to make the pain go away.

    Left-right,
    broken-respite,
    it’s all always the same.

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    1. Thanks a bunch, D! πŸ’–
      The brilliance you exhibit in appreciating Achilles’ Heel and being a connoisseur of poetry has always inspired me. Do have a wonderful weekend!
      xx

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  2. I love how you started with why you wished to be a painter and ended with justifying what it means to be a poet and how I fell in love with both being a writer who can use words when the soul cracks and the painter who can do what words never could. I loved it and I fall in love more every time I re-read it. It was an absolutely amazing read!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Fariha! πŸ’–
      It goes without saying, but I’ll say it nevertheless- Your words mean, and have always meant A LOT to me.
      My favourite thing about your poems and comments is how they bring an entirely fresh perspective to the palate, and a quite delightful one, that too.
      Your analysis and insights always evince an aspect long veiled in the poem, that was perhaps never interpreted differently.
      YOU are absolutely amazing! πŸ’š
      Have a splendid day!
      xA

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      1. Aww Ana it is and always has been pleasure to hear back from you. Your replies to my comments are just as delightful. Thank you so much for your kind words.
        Just as much as enjoy deriving my own interpretation I hope to understand the essence of what the poet is trying to convey, it might not be accurate but those discussions have always been my favourite!
        YOU are amazing too!
        Have a great day!

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