SELF PORTRAIT (in words)

I am no taller than a mushroom
I wear a faded wispy crown
God painted me milk and java
baked under the equatorial sun

I see through chocolate pools
resting on a soggy oval plain
that often spouts gibberish
whenever the full moon reigns

My flower is Impatiens
I am Never-ending War*
But blessed is he who married me –
for him, sainthood isn’t too far.


*It seems that  my name, Imelda, means ‘all consuming battle”, “warrior”, and “powerful fighter”, among others.    Did my name give me my character or did I fulfill my name’s calling? 😉 I wonder.


This poem is weeks old. I wrote this following an April 2014 PAD Challenge prompt.   I did not have a chance to link with DVERSE when it had Self-Portrait as theme so, I am taking the chance to share this one now.   It’s a little silly poem but it was fun writing it especially since I got the chance to tease my husband in the last line. 🙂

Ah, before I forget, my friend Diane of   HOME TO GO TO informed me about A Greatful Man’s Poetry’s plan to publish a collection of poems.  If any of you is interested to submit a piece for consideration, please visit his link for more information.  Also,  check out Diane’s page and say “HI.”  She is a one wise and good person to know. 🙂 And yes, please don’t forget to check the PUB’s Oferings this weekend.  Thank you all.


31 thoughts on “SELF PORTRAIT (in words)

  1. How is this silly? Absolutely not! You can do anything you wish, I often control the Universe, galaxies and the sea in my writing. Write more like this, find your inner God.

    1. Hi, Starralee. True, it is great to be a soldier of God. However, thus far, my strength is consumed just trying to fight my own (pre)dispositions. 🙂

  2. hi Imelda, i can relate to your verses “God painted me milk and java baked under the equatorial sun”, i am probably made from the same mold 🙂 fun poem… have a great Sunday!

  3. Agree that it is an amazing self-portrait which I enjoyed reading. Quick note on typo: impatience (unless you meant it to be another way). Anyway, I really like this!

    1. Thanks for the visit and comment, CC. As for the spelling, I understand that the spelling for the name of the flower – Impatiens – is different from the spelling for the character trait – impatience. However, they are pronounced the same. Just for fun, I borrowed the flower’s name to describe myself. 🙂

    1. I wonder if our names were derived from the same name. There’s a Norse mythology maiden by the name of Brunhilda and she is a Valkyrie.

    1. Thanks, Cressida. 🙂 I like your view about Impatiens. I know it has its merits (it can make a shady place pretty), but I am too dazzled by roses and lilies that I see Impatiens as humble in comparison. You can say that I’m a little weird. 🙂

  4. Love your poem Imelda, shows different sides to you and I love the last line for hubby! ‘Never-ending War’. That says so much, hints more than just a bit of the daily struggles and battles we wage…some bigger than others! 😉
    Thanks for the links too, I will definitely check them out 🙂

    1. Thanks, Marina. 🙂
      He laughs at it. We have been teasing each other how marriage constantly challenges our patience with each other that we are each on the road to martyrdom. Since I consider myself the more quarrelsome of the two of us, I tell him that he should thank me for fast tracking his sainthood. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gay. 🙂
      Ah, it’s Monster Theme. I am not sure I can write one. I was derailed by our short vacation and have a hard time getting back on track.

  5. “My flower is Impatiens
    I am Never-ending War*
    But blessed is he who married me –
    for him, sainthood isn’t too far.”

    Such an intense and great piece. I loved it absolutely. Kudos!

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