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Marie Lukasik Wallace ~ # I LIVE Poetry – I'm passionate about life and writing and all things creative and poetic!

We Wrote Another Poem! Paint Me As I Am


In Poetry Therapy, we use poetry as a way to heal.  It’s a back door way to heal.  Actually, in my opinion, all writing is healing.  I took some sample poetry from an amazing compilation of teen poems by Writer’s Corps called “Paint Me Like I Am,” and asked my dad how he would want the world to know him. At first, this was too right brained for him. Usually he operates more left brained. So, I read him some more samples and then I used adjectives he had used previously to describe himself and asked him to delineate more on that.

Below is what Ernest, my dad, wrote, with little assistance from me. (He has arthritis and Alzheimer’s, so I’m his hand and placeholder.) What is amazing to me is that my dad was invested and even got excited to do it. He has started to call me now and has more days he talks about his life than not. He has written something our family can treasure, and I’m so proud!

PAINT ME AS I AM by Ernest

Paint me working and doing my best
For I liked to make things better
Taking things that work that didn’t work before
Engines, motors, broken chairs and making them new again.

Paint me determined.
I made up my mind not to have any booze at all…
Or anything that would come near it…
I didn’t want any part of what I did before…

Paint me as keeping my thoughts and good emotions toward others
Requesting forgiveness for my stupidty…

Paint me as always looking for making a difference in life.
As time goes by, I make sure each day of my life that whatever I do and say is better…
Never wanting to give or get trouble…

Paint me independent wanting the peaceful life,
less noise and misery from people or cars and traffic and busses and sirens…
It gripes me a lot…I had enough of all that…
I have to get away from the racket.

Paint me as one whose mind holds onto better days
(don’t really care about money)
Whose richness is in the simple life,
The more simple the better
Let me just work on my cars and trucks and lawn mowers.

Paint me as determined to keep life in balance
And I’m skiing away from life itself
(the house, the dogs and the cats, and even plants.
Leave me with my critters.

Paint me without hateful words
Or holding onto hatefulness
For it puts me out of balance…

Paint me happy and content with my life.

***It might need some editing, but it’s great for a first draft. :0)

Author: writingwingsforyou

Words are powerful and hold the keys to bring healing, play and joy, making life extrordinary. Words can also shift the world into a better place. I am a writer; a storyteller and a relatioship coach; buidling better relationships from the inside out so we can have more joy, communication and love in our lives. Let's explore! Let's create! . ~ Love, Marie Lukasik Wallace

17 thoughts on “We Wrote Another Poem! Paint Me As I Am

  1. I’m so happy for you. This brought tears of joy. Thank you. ~ Michael


  2. You’re an angel for sharing. I LOVE these kind of stories. Have a blessed day. I look forward to reading more of your poetry as well.


  3. This is wonderful. And now it is time for your Dad to see he has painted a self portrait that is a masterpiece.


    • Dean, you touched my heart with your comment. I appreciate you taking the time. And yes, it us time for him to see that a simple life is a great life…especially lived truly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


  4. The poem is so heartfelt and filled with a true voice. A voice of experience, of love and also loss. Most of all, I hear a voice of contentment and I love that voice most of all–it wraps the picture and places it in a frame. Thank you for sharing.


    • So well said Sheri. Thanks for sharing your gift of words. I can’t wait to read it to my dad because it will let him know that his voice matters, and that people will appreciate his simple, content life. Nemaste.


  5. Thank you for the follow, this is so soulful, splendid piece:)


  6. That is simply beautiful!


  7. It doesn’t need any editing. It is perfect. 🙂


    • I’ve come to believe the same thing. It’s the first time I have witnessed him being vulnerable. Any changes would taint it’s raw energy. I appreciate your comment. It reaffirms what I was thinking.


      • Happy to help like that. 🙂

        English is not my mother language but I think I speak and write it fluently, so I saw really no “problem” with the poem. It is his. 🙂


  8. It’s beautiful; full of heart 🙂


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