Leaden

My original body
I left behind in Paul’s coat closet.

It is not that I took someone else’s body
like filching a leather jacket

but I fashioned a new body
on a page from a Strathmore drawing tablet

with a 2H pencil
4B pencil and a kneaded eraser.

If I had realized the gray pallor
my efforts rendered

I would have spent my time
with Prismacolor Premiere pencils.

This result does not preclude
a newer drawing of a newer Prismacolored body

once my artistic hand
becomes accustomed

to my well defined
grayscale muscles.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney