An Art Critic to the Painting, and the Painting's Response
I. The Art Critic to the Painting
Your flaws, they're in your flawlessness:
your perfect sky, so pastel sweet,
your too-green trees and glowing plants,
that lovely bridge arched over stream
where, any moment, lovers meet,
those easy steps toward friendly houses
seen although this isn't night.
No, none of this is close to right.
II. The Painting's Response
Your criticisms have some points:
imperfect skies, much likelier,
with trees and plants not nearly rich,
and bridges rarely crossed in love,
and weathered steps more plausible.
But none of this intends to be
your mirror's grim reality,
for I exist for those who crave
a story told and not a grave.
An Art Critic to the Painting, and the Painting's Response © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.
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Submitted: April 27, 2019