One Stanza Poem O163

Pleaded guilty to drawing
The figure I wished to see –
Not the one in front of me –
And making her look better –
A nice but misleading sketch –
Am I good at the former?
Or just bad at the latter?

05.30.16 – 06.01.16



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

“Better” is a judgment call, of course. Some people would say worse looking at the same drawing and the model. Trying to be smoother in my drawing strokes when drawing people will lead me to commit this crime again in the future I am sure.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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