If I Could Paint a Portrait – a Love Poem

If I Could Paint a Portrait

If I Could Paint a Portrait
Heddy Lemarr

If I could paint a portrait

I’d be inspired by many others,

Like Degas’ Yellow Dancer,

And maybe Whistler’s Mother.

 

If I could paint a portrait

I would paint one just of you,

With Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa smile,

And Van Gogh’s Iris hues.

 

If I could paint your portrait

It would be a work of art,

Highlighting all your features,

And painted from my heart.

 

If I could paint your portrait

I would blend the paints with care,

To match your perfect skin tone,

Your eyes, and mouth, and hair.

 

If I could paint your portrait

I would be a man inspired,

My brush would flow untethered

Showing how much you’re desired.

 

If I could paint your portrait

It would never be for sale,

Although it would be priceless

And be sought by every male.

 

If I could paint your portrait

I’d enclose with it this verse,

To explain your special, loving place

Within my universe.

 

Postscript

This poem follows on from two other earlier romantic verses I wrote for my wife called “If I Could Write a Love Poem” and “How Do I Write a Love Poem.” The former has been recorded as a song and will be released on an album and as a single this year by British/Israeli singer Tally Koren. (These poems can now be found on HubPages)

by John Hansen © 2017

 

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

10 thoughts on “If I Could Paint a Portrait – a Love Poem

  • February 20, 2017 at 2:54 PM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. Your comment is much appreciated as always.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM
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    Oh my goodness! What beauty… what gentleness… impeccable! Truly enjoyed this masterpiece, Jodah. My favourite stanza was:

    “If I could paint your portrait

    It would never be for sale,

    Although it would be priceless

    And be sought by every male.”

    Written with utmost love and care. Loved it, really. And, a vivid image painted by a true artist 🙂

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    • February 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM
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      I am humbled by you generous comment, especially the “masterpiece’ label, Surabhi. I am glad you liked that particular stanza, it is one of my favourites too. Thank you, my dear.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM
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    I’m always amazed at how much depth your words carry; even without complex terminology or flowery phrasing. Nicely done!

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  • February 21, 2017 at 12:04 AM
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    Thank you, Ralph. I know my poetry seems to be much simpler than most and often lacks, as you say “complex terminology,” but I think that is my niche. If I ty to use flowery phrasing and such my poetry tends to appear forced and unnatural, lacking my particular “voice.” I greatly appreciate such a discerning comment by an accomplished poet of romantic verse such as yourself.

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  • February 21, 2017 at 1:04 AM
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    A lovely poem with a some wonderful comparisons and if only we could transcend the paint to reach such expression of those famous artists. I nice idea, well penned and evocative. great work John.

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  • February 21, 2017 at 2:40 AM
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    I appreciate your generous comment, Tony. Painters and writers are both artists with a lot in common. Most words relevant to one are likewise to the other.

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  • February 21, 2017 at 8:33 PM
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    So beautiful John. Each line spoke volumes, a true work of art. ~Paul

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  • February 21, 2017 at 8:41 PM
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    Thank you, Paul. That comment is greatly appreciated. Take care.

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