He painted in oils on a stainless steel canvas

Exposing irreversible imaginings to the light

In varying shades of grays portraying the night

Black and white firmly framed and steadfast


If only he’d been presented a different palette

Gallery’s reviews wouldn’t have been so contemptuous

But the critics rallied in droves to write of repugnance

Parlaying this travesty into personal advancement


Charlatan artist, their critiques damned him in earnest

Deprived of dignity despite it being his best

This inventive effort met with public disfavor

As the scoffers made facetious offers of purchase


The gallery bankrupted, was foreclosed and abandoned

The artist found dangling from a necktie in the closet

The painting’s notoriety surpassed what it wasn’t

And eventually was sold for a fortune at auction


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