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Portrait

Portrait

A child draws the outline of a body.
She draws what she can, but it is white all through,
She cannot fill in what she knows is there.
Within the unsupported line, she knows
That life is missing; she has cut
One background from another. Like a child,
She turns to her mother.

And you draw the heart
Against the emptiness she has created.



Poem Portrait - Louise Gluck