Who imagined the canvas unfolding this way? (a poem)

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The reluctant artist has packed up
and gone to ground
materials assembled and abandoned

the
warning
whispered
in
the
corner
with
the
vent

leaving an anomaly
where the frame
used to be

This house was once a museum
of the unfulfilled dreams
out haunting Sunday gardens

The attic was too full of regret
and mouldy old quilts
for the absence of melody to settle comfortably

The palette knife splattered red and yellow
fought valiantly for figures unformed
but lost out
to tangled xmas lights
clinging to a rusted tree stand
familiarity through repetition

I’m not giving it a name
but I know the feeling well

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(9 August 2019—posted August 10th)

 


 

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