Face

Self portrait | Medium format film Holga image by author

my face is riverstone
the bedrock smooth and sculpted
by eons of rushing water
and the dry season’s wind

ruts and valleys channeled in
by the laughter of a babbling brook,
pebbles deposited under the eyes
whose stillness are the pools
near the banks, where moss and
algae rest, green, sometimes blue,
with flecks of visiting dragonfly

the long line of my nose is
the giraffe who bends to drink
cautious, always vigilant

for listeners I have a nautilus
swirled and pearly, echoing oceans,
and a monkey, half leaping
into the air like some kind
of splendid joke


This is a recent poem, written in response to a prompt in the book I am using for inspiration (which is proving effective in getting me back into a writing habit, and which I would recommend if you’re looking for something similar). The prompt had to do with describing your face as if it were a landscape. . . . so here y’all go! I decided to pick a photo where my face is obscured, to let the words speak. It’s up to you to decide if any of it is successful; feedback is welcome! Thanks for reading!

Published by amyjasek

Film photographer, mother, positively passionate about life in general, Texan : )

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