Self-Portrait

spent the day

painting a self-portrait

collected materials

arranged the studio

mixed the paints and

set to work

didn’t use a mirror

instead I

painted

what I saw

using broad strokes

let the colors blend

into each other

like to smear them

see

how they bleed through

layer it real nice

until it looks like

it might just peel off

apply the palette knife

ease through like

warm butter

reveal what’s

underneath

douse it in paint thinner

watch it run

into the carpet

flowing

muddy brown and

sickly sage

turpentine scent

next

throw dirt and rocks and

human hair then

see what sticks

speckle it in rust flakes

prick a finger

sign it in blood

underline it in shit

endorsed with piss

hang it from

a nail in the gallery

behind violet

velvet rope

cordon

behold

the majesty

of the formless self

cracking in an empty room

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