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VAUGHAN GUNSON

I get paid well for this job

 

I get paid well for this job

of looking after art objects

 

that don’t breathe, don’t complain,

don’t have wet eyes, or the fear of eternity

 

that don’t need to be consoled,

and don’t need to be told an answer

as to why no one has visited them today.

 

The paintings don’t want to run away.

The sculptures don’t need to be washed

every other day.

 

You don’t have to assure the photograph

of the woman that she looks good.

You don’t have to brush her hair,

clip her toenails, or stroke her hand.

 

And when art leaves the building

there’s no sadness,

there’s no need to explain to anyone

what happened.

There are no terrible conversations

with people who want to know why,

who want a reason.

 

You don’t have to know much

looking after art,

just about any answer will do.

 

I get paid well

for making sure art

is seen in the best light.

 

It’s important

that we know art is being cared for,

that it’s appreciated.

 

And is there

anything wrong with that?

 

 

 

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