The Painted Man
carefully lay your pillows
next to the barrister,
next to the last lady you slept with,
like a lying lyre you sound so sweet,
your hair promptly pinpoints agony
in love in bed out of love out of relevance
romance has vaulted into a diadem of rust,
Its old fame washed in dirty new cash,
tons of it
lifted and flaunted
like some blue magic,
some snuff thrown from a star's mouth
onto my sighing soul.
yet I polished my canvas again
and again like before you ran your course
before you ended nothing but peace.
I've made you;
more beautiful than before the ring;
because before the ring,
I found myself before something
Dr. Ernest Williamson lll
Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published creative work in over 600 journals. Professor Williamson has published poetry in over 185 journals, including The Oklahoma Review, Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, Pamplemousse, formerly known as The Gihon River Review, and The Copperfield Review. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as The Columbia Review, The GW Review, New England Review; and The Tulane Review. Dr. Williamson has published articles on comparative education in the academic journal Academic Exchange Extra (University of Northern Colorado),and his research has been cited in journals such as The Urban Review and The Public Purpose(American University). Many of his creative works have been published in journals representing over 75 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. Williamson holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis, a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Seton Hall University, and a certificate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
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