Behind the Portrait - 12th House

I often write things for another purpose (in this case a writing prompt) and then look at it through astrological eyes and see its symbolism. . .

Upon the plain walls of my life,
there hangs a portrait. It is a good likeness.

And behind it, set into the discoloured patch
on the wall. Is a blank space.

And set within that blank space, is a secret safe.
Where I, have locked myself away.

And no one, would even begin to suspect,
that the portrait may not be me.

And that I, may be hidden behind it.
Sitting quietly alone, inside the safe.

In this, I saw the portrait as being all that is on show, the ascendant and our highly visible planets. While behind the portrait, the 12th house planets (in my case the mars and moon) are locked away. Also as my 4th house contains my Sun, I am often not immediately 'seen'.

Do you identify with this? Are some parts of you more noticeable, more easily recognised? Or is your portrait an accurate enough representation?

Image and words - Susannah Bec.


Lua Astrology said...

This brought goosebumps on my skin! Beautiful Susannah! I love the concept of layers in the poem: the portrait, the blank space behind it then the safe behind. I think this is my favourite poem of yours so far :-)

Susannah said...

Thanks so much Leah. :-) x

Anonymous said...

Could be worse. The portrait behind the portrait could be Dorian Gray-like. And if it is, you really have to own that hidden heart.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing them.

Separately I wondered: Where do you go for your writing prompts?

Susannah said...

Thanks Anonymous. :-)

If you look down my sidebar to 'my other blogs' and click on 'Panopticulated - writing when prompted to do so' you will visit my blog where I write from prompts. And in the sidebar there you will find a list of 'places to get prompted'.

I hope that helps. :-)


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