What in a Line

Take a number 2 pencil,

soft lead,

no eraser.

Sketch the outline.

Mark the shadows.

Note the highlights.

In pastels

detail the work.

Add perspective, dimension,

point of view.

Shade in tang.

Let it rest.

Draw it again –

in vivid markers.

Like Picasso’s bull.

Just the bones,

the important ones.

Then erase half.

Does it squirm?

Terse in its candor?

Then it’s a poem.