Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Ashley Wilkes, please

Paint scenes like diamonds in the world’s tiara,
   Write verse like Shakespeare and John Keats combined—
The world will always be Scarlett O’Hara:
   One eye on Ashley Wilkes, the other blind.
She has glaucoma when she looks at art—
   She doesn’t see; she only recognizes
Something that strikes an echo in her heart
   Or strokes her ego—and she hates surprises.
So when there’s something that could change the game,
   It must obey the rules (and she’s the ref).
Exceptions?  Dozens.  But to make their name
   They had to shout (she’s also kinda deaf).
      Sadly, the quickest path to recognition?
      Go sculpt your work to pass the world's audition.

Copyright 2013 Matthew J Wells

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