Day Five: ‘A Hopper Painting On The Television’

April 6, 2015

A Hopper painting on the television
sways you toward grad school, at least part time —
the walls bleed out again, as decoration.

Pouring wine to themes and criticism
inside cold cars, and kitchens with liquor and limes:
A Hopper painting on the television

and dusty jazz recordings on local stations,
this is our canvas. The night, our singing line.
The walls bleed out again, as decoration.

Who’s left in the friend circle? A creation
of sales reps, students and near-doctors, entwined:
A Hopper painting on the television

in the foreground with palm-muted conversation
and now not horns but disco beats. Aligned,
the walls bleed out again, as decoration.

It’s through. Shut off the lights, kill the elation
and submit your applications. Commit the crime.
A Hopper painting on the television —
the walls bleed out again, as decoration.

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