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The Viewing
larrylark

When the sightless
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were given permission
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to view that painting.
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the curator was perplexed.
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How to convey the complexity
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of its deep red surface
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underscored by a darker green line
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giving balance along its bottom edge?
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There was no glass cover
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as the slightest reflection
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would deflect from its overall effect
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which placed the viewer
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in an infinite space,
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impossible to detect.
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Unseeing eyes appeared mesmerised.
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Was it welded to flights of fancy?
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A dance through the dark?
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Thirteen became twelve.
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Eleven, seven,
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till none but the curator remained,
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still trying to explain
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the subtle nature of its light and shade.
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4 Nov 18


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