Lucien Freud paints the women – men.
clinging to his leg with affirmations of non adieu
they ask ‘ why can’t you make us a more
Madeleine Plantey – caught in the moment of innocent morning?’
but Freud knows he’s not the man to ask.
‘just lay on the couch ’til something gives – i’ve got brushes ready
to change things a bit’.
on the balcony at 81×100 cm
people commence to bid
Pinterest starts the auction of jealousy
before Flickr and Instagram take charge
begin the art of intimate behaviour
Nu Au Balcon – or – Portrait of The Hound
or perhaps tonight instead –
we could sit down and face our moonlit gold
speak in the Chicago silence and prove we are more than
tonight we could balance the language of ourselves
and leave the references behind. We could erase the
and choose neither artist nor country –
tonight – and no
* Lucien Frued: was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time. One of his paintings was entitled ‘Portrait of the Hound’
* Madeleine Plantey: Famous French painter. One of her paintings was entitled ‘Nu Au Balcon’