Old Man Looking at a Painting

February 19, 2010

It would have a title
like ‘hat’ or ‘bridge’
or ‘line
dividing hip from waist’.

It wouldn’t be immediately obvious as to why.

An old man with a chrome stick
would squint at it
weight pressed forward
eyes wide.

The spine would be a curtain
the feet would be like knives,
the shoulders would be open,
colours sleek, shadows mines.

It would have a title
like a city, or a mirror.
A title like ‘Figure’
or ‘Pose’ or
‘Woman reaching
on a Bright Day’.

And he’d look at it
and look at it
and see it
and not see it

then see it again.

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One Response to “Old Man Looking at a Painting”

  1. i like the way you play around the Title thing

    and the last stanza is wonderful to read as well…

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