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I have never seen

(I have never seen

a painting)

a painting I don’t like.

Even small paintings


small paintings of trees I love.

Also Abstracts made

done by the hands of teenagers.

I want one day

   (one day)

to have a portrait

painted, by a painter,

a painter of no

particular particulars

who will take my face

by its squares and

even out its bits

until the whole of it (the all

of its features)

smooths out and down to

nothing, canvas, and I am

puny, and of no



as a speck of dirt

in a small painting of teenagers.

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