Declining Nude

The first task in Zoe Quinlan’s Macc Writers’ workshop on 1st. February was to sketch our neighbour, not with the customary words, but with pen, pencil, whatever we had to hand. We tentatively set to work in pairs, most of us managing some sort of credible likeness – providing they were viewed from the right distance! Here’s a bit of nonsense, the best I could do with an art-related writing exercise.

Declining Nude

With his eyes he caressed me, assessed me

and the gaze was disarming but lewd

and on canvas, possessed me, undressed me.

It was brazen and terribly rude,

so his portrait distressed me, obsessed me

when I thought how it might be construed.


I couldn’t handle the public scandal

as they flocked in to see it and queued.

Under the heading, next to T. Emin’s bedding:

“Still Live, Still Alive: Declining Nude”.



  1. STEPHEN JOSEPH · February 28, 2018

    This is good🌹

    Sent from my iPad



  2. bunnymanzimbo · March 1, 2018

    Great Phil

    Hope you are well squire.


    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Margaret Holbrook · March 1, 2018

    Wonderful, as ever! who were you partnered with, that’s the burning question?!!!


  4. mph26 · March 1, 2018

    Phil, I read this with great enjoyment, as always, but the system will no longer allow me to post comments. It insists that either my e-mail address is wrong, or it’s someone else’s, or my password is wrong… Technology, eh?Mark.Mark P. Henderson   Writer, editor, folktale collector, storyteller.      Author of Folktales of the Peak District,       Cruel and Unusual Punnishments,       and other works.   Secretary, “Write from the Heart”. 07397 164551


  5. Graham Ritchie · March 1, 2018

    I like this one, it appeals to my sense of humour especially as I do try to capture the odd person on paper. It’s the thoughts that count!!


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