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On a Wall Hangs a Portrait

by Duane Anderson

A painted portrait hangs in the hallway.

Its presence noticed as it enters the room

and makes its rounds.

Hollow blue eyes, holding keys,

ready to unlock minds.

They search past corners,

unlocking doors,

carrying torches,

searching our path.

Hollow blue eyes follow each

move that we make.

We walk,

and it follows.

We run,

and it follows.

We die,

and it follows,

Hollow blue eyes,

stay close behind,


Image is of a face with eyes staring back and the nose and mouth covered with a black cloth.
Image credit: Janko Ferlič on Unsplash


Black and white photo of the author, Duane Anderson.
Duane Anderson

Duane Anderson currently lives in La Vista, NE. He has had poems published in Fine Lines, Cholla Needles, Tipton Poetry Journal, and several other publications. He is the author of ‘On the Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk,’ ‘The Blood Drives: One Pint Down,’ and ‘Conquer the Mountains.’

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