Saturday 2 May 2020

Maria Barnas: 'Uit een'


He prefers to see himself in the darkness
of another figure the painter

the thinker the far-off the strange one
a beggar with the gestures

of a crowd. I render his eyes
by looking at them and his eyes

depict me follow me across
all of a detailed room.

The thoughts that I set down set me down
wrest from me the wish to be someone else.

I write about myself and about myself
alone while we see ourselves wander 

apart in diverging figures.

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