Self-Portrait
    Footnotes

    “Self-Portrait,” New Era, Mar. 2003, 51

    Self-Portrait

    Stroke by stroke we paint our lives,

    day after day.

    We form the painting with our actions

    and shade it with our doubts.

    We color it with kindness,

    and tone it with our personalities.

    We smudge it with our sins

    and brighten it with our good works.

    With loving hands we brush and shape our picture.

    The empty canvas is our potential.

    The right is ours to fill it.

    Each portrait will be different,

    but none are ever ugly.

    And when the portrait is done

    and the artist has moved on,

    the portrait will remain

    for others to pattern their own by.