It Could Have Been a Masterpiece

for Greg Lazrus

Ten short years
The Artist leaned into his tottering
Old easel, drawing graphite
Shapes and lines of a boy.

Ten years more
The Artist mixed colors on his palette,
Coaxing from oils
Shades and hues of a man.

As the portrait neared completion,
The Artist, as artists will do,
Scrubbed the canvas with


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