Unlike parts of life, art allows everything
the painter’s allowed his selfishness
and the viewers their confusion;
there’s no limit to these allowances
although their scale will generally increase
in proportion to the money paid.
Like many things, like heroin
creation and belief are just more deals done.
Anything can get painted:
Red wheel fire hoses
curled like cocks on a gallery’s wall.
The impossible drawings of what a sound is.
Pictures of mothers and fathers
all souvenirs of the heart in plaster
tracings of hope given away for a future never found.
In outline we observe others
and steal their private moments for our own
their pacings and peeling skin
their aching backs and limbs.