Half-Finished Self Portrait

The portrait was never completed:
a mouth, one eye, two ears, a
shade of hair.

Time has completed the portrait,
the blankness integral to the work
to change it now –
to finish the profile, add an older eye,
or deepen scars
would be to paint a different man,
to make a different piece.

No, this portrait is complete
only the subject was half-finished.

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