Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Marsden Hartley

"Famous Tahiti woman,"
the Japanese man said
to his three children
as they stood before
the topless Gauguin.
He pointed to
the waterlilies
and asked the guard
"Is this a real and not
a duplicate?"
Assured of its
he had the kids pose
for a photograph
in front of it.
A minute later the eldest,
who wore a sweat shirt
with the word CHAOS
printed across
her tiny breasts
sneezed all over
a Marsden Hartley
painting of a lobster trap
nestled among the rocks
buffeted by wave
after crashing wave.


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    1. Than this poem, or being sneezed on, or both? In any case, I agree, loved his stuff from the first moment I laid eyes on it.