"Vandal" - Sam Lane
Holy Shit! How much money did I just sneeze
on? Monet’s Water Lilies caught by surprise
at close range. Dabs of color changed. Please
don’t tend the congealed lily, crystalized
left by an artless patron. But perhaps
It’s an improvement! A point of balance!
Yes! Slowly stepping away from the frame,
the new addition gives a living vein
to what once was still water. Now a toad
has splashed in! My impression has been made
and to pluck the new lily from under
a bridge is a bad omen! It brings thunder
to a peaceful scene. It’s best not to start
now or ever. Please don’t touch the art.
This poem by Sam Lane was inspired by a recent event that occurred on a visit to The National Gallery in London.