Sculpting Figures of Speech

Chips off
by chisels
hammers ground

planar round

verging face

no David
Moses trace

a "Thinker"
yes but
shaped as phrased

said marble
no Rodin raised.

Sculpting Figures of Speech © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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32 words.  18 lines.  Writer's Block challenge prompt - link:

About the poem:  this poem interprets "Writer's Block" as something of a slab of marble stone to be sculpted carefully into a lasting and beautiful work of art.  The "face" (unique nature and eventual larger embodiment) of the poem begins to emerge with careful diligence.

Allusions are made to David, Venus (de Milo), Moses, the Thinker (Le Penseur) - all famous marble sculptures - and Rodin, a famous sculptor who created The Thinker.

(Image was created by me back in 2017 for a Weekend Challenge.)
Submitted: November 23, 2019