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Le Papier

Since the moment I held a pencil I've been creating with drawings and words. I believe paintings enlighten and poems entice our audiences.


As a visual artist we understand the frustration of not knowing when a painting is considered complete. I wrote this poem as a fun way to deal with that unknown. Every painting has a start and finish. We have to be brave when we start a new painting and when we end the piece. It's always a challenge.

Autumn Leaves by Mary Borges (aka ML Borges)

Autumn Leaves by Mary Borges (aka ML Borges)

Le Papier

There it sits,

Smirking at me.

All four corners,

Crisp and clean.

Colors entice my imagination

Images appear

My mind’s movie screen shutters, flash freezes.

Graphite weaves forms on the paper.

Buttery paints

Glisten with wet,

Wander into union

With the swaying brush.

I stand back…accept,

Add another color

A wedding pastor’s commitment

Dab, doodle, and swirl.

Honor each color

Love every swirl

Dance with my doodles

Cast a final swish.

Make a statement of claim

Sign my name,

Set the paper free.

© 2020 Mary Borges


Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on June 09, 2020:

Thank you Lora for your wonderful comments. I agree a blank piece of paper is intimidating and the reason for me writing this poem. It has been a fun journey. Take care.

Lora Hollings on June 08, 2020:

Your poem is excellent, Mary. I've faced blank paper quite a few times, so I know how intimidating that feeling can be. And it can be a challenge to decide when a painting is finished.

Your painting is wonderful. In style, it reminds me of Georges Seurat. Just lovely!

Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on June 07, 2020:

Thank you George for your very nice comments. Painting is a pleasure for me but the added benefit is when someone enjoys the piece. Take care.

Mary Borges (author) from San Diego, California on June 07, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. Believe me, I couldn't get a better compliment on my painting than the one you gave comparing it to a Monet. It made my whole day...week...year. I love Monet's work. Take care and keep on writing your amazing poems.

George Xu from Philippines on June 07, 2020:

Beautiful poem and painting! Your paintings are really lovely!

Lorna Lamon on June 06, 2020:

I love the way you have brought this piece alive Mary with your amazing use of descriptive words. Your painting is beautiful and actually made me think of 'Monet'. You are a true artist in every sense of the word and I love the last verse of this poem.

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