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Self Portrait








            Self-Portrait





            If I were to paint myself

            the hues would speak of pain



            Doused in red and black,

            crimson ire soaking



            the bed sheets of the mind

            with sorrowful cries



            Blended with narcissistic cacophony

            in  ears too shadow-filled to hear



            Lies and guilt overshadow

            the face, with lines too deep to care



            The canvas is tarred and mold-ridden

            from nicotine stains and a tired heart



            The hands burnt red from caught colds,

            staring naked, stripped of pride



            The eyes, a pitiful stare off into the abyss,

            which never cares to stare back



            The mouth, a lost child prying

            lips open, hoping to speak



            The hair, tangled with four

            regretted seasons, locked to the sky





Adam Levon Brown








Adam Levon Brown is an internationally published poet and author in 14 countries. He has had his work translated in Spanish, Albanian, Arabic, and Afrikaans. Boasting over 300 published pieces, you can find his writing at such publications as Burningword Literary Journal, Firefly Magazine, Zany Zygote Review, Epigraph, Angel City Review, and Ariel Chart. He was long-listed in the 2016 Erbacce Prize poetry competition and received a special mention in the Pangolin Prize 2018 competition.

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