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The realist unsuccessfully analyses an abstract painting


That’s the roof of a house, isn’t it,
those two brown lines?
And that must be water.
It looks like a lake.
Are those smudges boats?
They could be half finished boats.
Why is there a lake on the roof?
Or is it a harbour?
Is that that a fence or a gate up against it?
Is it a gate for people to go in
or a fence to keep people out?
Or is it the end of a bed?
And where’s this window?
Is the whole thing a window?
Are we looking through a window
at a window that’s not there
on a lake or a harbour with boats on a roof?

That is the roof of a house, isn’t it?


One of four poems written in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, Ealing in September 2018.

The painting is entitled Summer window, by the artist and Virginia Bruno. Poems in response this painting were also written by Steve Page and Charles Jobson.

The poem is Godfrey Rust, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. See here for permissions.

Borough of Ealing Art Trail