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Monday, 28 January 2019

To Dream a Life in Paint

To dream a life in paint

is a noble Aryan ambition;

to draw, to sketch, to acquaint

myself with fame in the artistic tradition.


I will claim every valley and mountain,

forest, river and the seven seas.

Watch out for my name. Achtung!

There is nothing I will not seize


and frame in watercolour.

My reputation will survive

centuries of time. My valour

will be remembered, kept alive.


I will stand forever in art history

beside Pissarro, Chagall, Modigliani.


© John Saunders

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John Saunders’ first collection ‘After the Accident’ was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His second full collection 'Chance' was published in April 2013 by New Binary Press.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks all. I only realised today that Holocaust Memorial day was commemorated over the weekend so this poem is particularly timely.

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