Self-portrait (a poem)

A quiet day at home… 

This documentary
isn’t very interesting

In fact
it’s frustrating

Nothing ever happens
and the subject spends all his time
obsessing over things that haven’t happened yet

When he gets to a point
where something could happen
he talks himself out of it
or sabotages the effort
so that it never will

And he never talks about his art
Maybe he thinks that’s being modest or something
but what about context?
How does his art reflect his life?
What’s this guy’s problem?

I’m no critic
but art doesn’t exist in a vacuum

(15 February 2018)