my faults are on the wrong lines, i think

maybe what i need is words
or claws (either would work) sharper,
enough to carve away at negative space
a gum eraser to rub out angles and odd shapes
and add in shadows where they belonged,
a dictionary to deepen the howl from the bowels
of my being
a better brush, new tints to taint my flesh
so color would not be my problem, either–

if i could be harder, smoother
more lustrous, less angst and more elegance
if i could cut deeper
or just be a prettier picture to look at, possibly,
i(t) might be enough

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