egg tempera


Albert Durer
painted himself
as the big egg
in the year 1500

and it was

who lived before him
or after him

has ever been
a bigger egg.


after Ernst Kirchner
had finished adding
a very successful pink rectangle
to the top right-hand corner
of the painting
he was working on that morning

he felt
like the pale yellow
of scrambled eggs.


a thin art student
who was dissatisfied
with his inability to paint like van Gogh
cooked 50 eggs
to share with his fellow art students
at lunchtime

they were all very full
and didn’t feel like doing
any painting.

Published in Takahe 79, Winter 2013.


Profile pic

Can’t see it, if it’s meant to be
aaaame that’s there, what you see:

brown eyes, lines sprinkling
aaaafrom each, is done, not none,

one of billions, here now,
aaaasunk into nothing, to come:

black eyebrows, arched or frowned
aaaanotes on a page, undone.


Published in Takahe 79, Winter 2013.