Saturday, March 10, 2012


David Aspden's yellow tree

by Bob Adamson

The yellow tree's
a shadow so dark it's invisible

we know it's there
oh we know exactly where

the painting will sail on to meet
its maker's grandchildren

one day in a stainless museum
they'll look up and say

nothing but turn inward
as the tree seems to be asking us to do

so that you may perhaps meet some traveller
there and walk awhile

some unknown
place

talk will smudge the air
and float from your mouths

you will shine
with a light the painter

knew
was there

inside
somewhere

Aspden's drawing "yellow & orange" 1976 in the NSW Art Gallery can be viewed here...

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