Opening at Gallery 2


three of us standing in the gallery
heads together, intense in conversation
as though plotting a revolution,     with
a fourth slightly aside, slightly aloof,
intent to the perimeter as though
guarding against interlopers;     and we
spoke of art and poetry,   while she,    the fourth,
gazed upon paintings all around, keen
eyes searching out meaning and beauty, which
is the essence of art and poetry,
we three might have said,     but I spoke of these
quatorzains as country cousins to sonnets,
impoverished without rhyme or the usual
artifice of sonnets or high language.

David M Pitchford
5 Nov 2011

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