Her Countenance Alone


It doesn’t matter who she is

Her name

Nor father that created this beautiful piece of art

What she’s saying

In all those seconds

Over all that time

Utterly inconsequential

What I study instead

Is her countenance alone

That face

Living, expressing, growing, changing

Yet persisting

And prevailing

As the baby girl

Expressing without words

No words to express

How she is every girl

Every baby grown up

Every stage

Each different

All the same

She is my daughter

My first daughter

My second

She is every girl

I’ve taught over the years

At some point talking

To me

Without me hearing


Her countenance alone

Captured me

Raptured me

Entitling me to see, just see

To appreciate

To love

Every stage

Of every girl

Each different

All the same.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theclocktowersunset
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 21:45:38

    It really is a beautiful piece isn’t it? I’m almost at a loss for words, it truly is inspiring.


    • randee
      Apr 16, 2014 @ 21:53:54

      I tried, with poetry, but I don’t think I can really explain how I see every single little girl I’ve taught over the last 20-some years in this girl’s facial expressions. It’s eerie, magical, incredibly beautiful.


      • theclocktowersunset
        Apr 16, 2014 @ 22:06:41

        I think you did well in widening the view of how this can represent so much more than one person. I say bravo, excellent expression of feelings and thought.

      • randee
        Apr 16, 2014 @ 22:23:25

        Thank you, Clocktower. I was bad though. Wrote it in three minutes and posted it. Didn’t let it sit and brew, as I should have. I was just too emotional.

  2. wbdeejay
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 05:25:37

    No need to let this one brew, it’s exciting in its freshness!
    The video portrait was very moving. I saw all the faces, all the moods, some days silent and sad. But always communicating something to the camera, always sharing herself. Thankyou for sharing it and your writing!


    • randee
      Apr 17, 2014 @ 07:18:30

      You’re welcome. Agree that all the moods were there. You could tell that some days she was not at all into her dad videotaping her. Those are the same moods I have seen in my daughters over the years and my students, too. Sometimes they stand before me whining about something and I find myself just half-tuning them out and focusing instead on the series of expressions their faces offer up.


  3. Rochelle Email
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 07:04:49

    Beautiful…capturing every joy and every even the quiet times.


    • randee
      Apr 17, 2014 @ 07:19:28

      Right. I’m glad he included the ones when her eyes are cast down and when she clearly wasn’t in the mood to be videotaped at that moment.


  4. Topaz
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:49:50

    What a beautiful piece! Thank you so much for sharing. xx


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