. After Observing the Working Methods of a Very Important Artist The aging fool stands deep in dirty water, Cradling the carcass of a native fowl To his bare chest like a tired, suckling daughter. He wears cheap sanctimony like a cowl. With eyes closed tight in solemn meditation, He draws a breath in glib anticipation Then, with a sudden, violent exhalation, He smears the bird in muddy desecration Across the paper spread along the bank. This feckless skid-mark later comes to float Upon a wall in some vast gallery, Now worth ten times the monthly salary Of the attendant in her borrowed coat Who wonders if it’s all a cruel prank. . . Shaun C. Duncan is a picture framer and fine art printer who lives in Adelaide, South Australia.