Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

portrait (2008)

it looks like you,
this thing i made from shop-bought tubes
and love.

painting is a battle
between me and the canvas.
madder is always spilled.

it has one of those mona lisa mouths
where you could be smiling
or just desperate for the toilet and
its eyes follow me round the room,
so perhaps it’s not you after all.

i should have got the tv to paint you.

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