My writings: Art & Poetry: A Self-Portrait

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) Self-Portrait with Physalis (1912)

A Self-Portrait

A Self-Portrait
six years before his death,
22 years old,
before the Great war 1914.

1918 50 to 100 million died
of the flu pandemic,
and he was one of them
in World War I
over 17 million died.

Only six years
but so many deaths
so many forgotten lives
so many broken promises,

But now
22 years old
with a Physalis
and raised eyebrows
arrogant eyes
a narrow face
that looks down on you
through the paint
and into your inner dreams
with a smug face.

By © Dolores Meden 2017