Here is "Track Marks" with a self-portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci -- his words inspired the poem:
Leonardo DaVinci, Self-portrait in red chalk,
circa 1512 to 1515.
Royal Library of Turin
For Leonardo Da Vinci, who said "After forty years, a man is responsible for his face."
...a man is responsible for his face.
And way beyond the razor nicks—
Each laugh and worry leave their trace,
Brow, raised-and-furrowed till inscribed.
The broken nose you would not fix.
The shots of alcohol imbibed.
A life’s indulgence, doubling chin,
Rounds out the once slim oval bisque.
Sun’s worship flecks translucent skin.
And pleasure’s crows? Their footprints race.
Life’s little torments, we self-inflict,
Write lines, time nor artist can erase,
Tattle tales of just where and how we’ve been—
Track marks of escapades expose each sin.