“True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,” by Alexander Pope.
A REJIG OF POPE
True ease in painting comes from art, not chance,
said my father. He was always misquoting,
shifting facts into little white pie in the sky
semi-truths. I reckon he was a true poet
at heart; a kleptomaniac of other peoples’
phrases, other peoples’ lives and experiences,
rejigging them into something to fit
his own version of life. On that day,
I stood shoulder to shoulder with him,
and we painted frothy lipped waves crashing
on the rock jetty near Westport. Yes, he repeated,
loving the sound of his own wisdom too much,
True ease in painting comes from art, not chance.
I looked at my canvas and thought, fat chance.
Miz Quickly’s April PAD NaPoWriMo Challenge, Day 2
”True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,” from “An Essay on Criticism (Sound and Sense)” by Alexander Pope
credits: Joseph Harker’s mention of poetic kleptomania