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The Viewing
larrylark

When blind people
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were given permission
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to view that painting.
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the curator was perplexed.
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How to convey the complexities
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of a huge canvas,
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it's deep red surface
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underscored by an even darke green line
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which gave balance
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from along the bottom edge.
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It had no glass cover
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as the slightest reflection
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would deflect from its overall effect
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which enveloped the viewer
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wherever he was placed,
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in an infinite space.
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Unseeing eyes appeared mesmerised.
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Was it melded  into flights of fancy,
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a dance through the dark?
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Thirteen became twelve.
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Eleven down to seven,
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till none but the curator remained,
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still trying to explain
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the subtle nature of its light and shade.
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4 Nov 18


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