General Poetry posted September 20, 2021

This work has reached the exceptional level
Living with depression

Picasso's Blue Period

by Theodore McDowell

I lie paralyzed on the blue loveseat
in the blue-walled study,
trapped in Picasso’s blue period.

We’re renovating, walls an empty gallery,
hangers still nailed in wood,
crucifixes without a Christ.

The Old Guitarist: deep blue permeates the canvas,
a lighter shade echoes into white hair
and the pale skin on his fingers, hands, right leg, and left ankle.

Subtle accents of sky blue extend beyond the angular
(El Greco-reminiscent) body and clothes,
emerge in the background.

On the right, a blue-black background,
evokes a deeper despair, the backdrop
of the contorted guitarist’s music.

I flee the all-pervasive blue tonality of my study,
trudge to the master bathroom, turn on the shower,
let the water warm over my hand,

turn it off with the firm twist of my wrist.
I consider making breakfast — scrambled eggs and bacon.
But I’m not in the mood for sustenance.

I would rather starve the demons inside me.

Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by cleo85 at

Save to Bookcase Promote This Share or Bookmark
Print It View Reviews

You need to login or register to write reviews. It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

© Copyright 2021. Theodore McDowell All rights reserved.
Theodore McDowell has granted, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.