Billy Collins wrote a very fun poem titled "Instructions to the Artist" (follow the link to read it). So...here are my instructions to the artist rendering my portrait. I wish him/her good luck.
Also, if you're looking for a writing prompt, I recommend this one.
Instructions to the artist
I wish my eyes to be bigger than my own.
Not wide like saucers
or circular like surprised cartoons
but shaped like mine, only larger,
to show the way I soak in the world.
They should be green, like mine, for it is supposedly unique and rare
and I would hate to lose that quality in a portrait.
They should be kind, and deep,
literal windows to my soul -
which can doubly serve as a nod to Shakespeare,
to subtly indicate my love writing.
You should spend the most time here:
it's the only part of my body I like consistently -
but leave out the glasses
I would like to be remembered as having
falsely good vision.
That said, do not forget the rest of the face:
I am not a Cheshire cat.
The head should be roundish,
but not so much as to remind one of a balloon.
I should like my face to be painted in bold colors:
my mother once had family pictures done in which
my body was cut out
and my head transposed like that of a ghost.
Since then, I desire only to look grounded,
firmly on the Earth,
so paint me boldly
to let everyone know I
I should like to be dancing
in red high heels,
and almost certainly a dress -- but make it plain,
and make the background rural.
Perhaps place me outside, with an exotic landscape,
as I would like to be remembered in some other country
for the future work I will do there.
You must also include:
a dog - a scruffy white one,
and a book -- a thick one.
Finally, I should like to be riding a tiger
side-saddle - like Durga -
and I would like multiple sets of arms.
I would not mind if I were carrying a sword
to demonstrate my bravery, and
my heart should be literally on my sleeve -
larger than anyone would think necessary
because anyone who knows me
knows this is true.
I would like to be eating a handful of blueberries.
There is no reason for this
aside from the fact that they