This poetry video blends the poem, "A Moving Portrait," with the watercolor artwork video that inspired it, by Matvey Rezanov. "A Moving Portrait" was honored with the REELpoetry Deconstructed and Reconstructed Award and People's Choice Award (in that same category) at the REELpoetry International Poetry Film & Video Festival. The category was comprised of poems written in response to a Public Poetry contest.
A Moving Portrait
I dream of a new scene—a wash, a fresh start,
sky-lighted buildings, softly falling shadows,
lines, lines, more lines—that’s city life, right?
Windows, windows—what’s behind the panes
of all the many windows of this creative,
quirky, lonely, quickly growing city’s soul?
I figure myself in a room—a featureless feature,
a blank slate, taking shape as I paint my eyes, my lips,
and add some new dimensions to my quiet character…
Growing wild in the city, blending into the city,
disappearing in the city, all alone in the city,
burnt out—I find a letter from my old self:
“Hi. Remember me? Are you still painting?
Still painting yourself into corners? Hope you’re not
disappearing again, all alone, forever lost in your art…”
~ by Linda Eve Diamond