The image, in monochrome,
fine-lined and meticulous,
captures the instant of a moment

in time. The engraving
steely-eyed, expressionless,
ink wash enhancing

shadows, adding mystery
and a sense of menace,
for those who search for meaning

in this face. Artistic license
distilling a whole lifetime
into a reasonable likeness.

Yet those who know the man; people
of a charitable persuasion,
say he's not as black as he's painted.

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