New world

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New World, John Lyons (20 x 20 oil on canvas)

New world

Here is a new world
           created by chance
as all worlds are
           depicted on taut hide
the coloured elements
           of a rare earth
scars in the cosmos
           in which it floats
its geometric perfection
           at odds with its universe

to believe that therein
           bees and butterflies exist
and seeds and flowers
           and what when two
people come together
           is known as love

John Lyons

 

Seascape

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Seascape, John Lyons (40 x 40 oil on canvas)

Seascape

If you appreciate the smell
           of linseed oil then yes
there is a certain fragrance
           to this canvas
that may well linger
           when we are long gone

But what have we here
           a study of sky and ocean
and a glimpse
           of the shore’s anatomy
an imagination bound
           by crude physical dimensions

all of us ultimately born
           out of the sea and the stars
our origins staring us
           daily in the face
the cycles and the tides
           foam on the shores
of the universe
           more questions than answers
a mystery to ourselves
           who want only for love

John Lyons

Blackberry days

Blackberry days

Easy picking
           of the low-hanging fruit
the sun each evening
           lower in the sky
warm days
           cool nights
the grass thick with dew
           when we wake

I said
           winter is staring us in the face
let’s take care of those things
           of the spirit that will determine
our happiness and well-being
           in the hard days ahead

Let’s be wise in our affairs
           and articulate the love
we feel for each other
           and above all
let’s make amends
           for any offence

There are blackberries
           in abundance in woodlands
along the railway cuttings
           in back gardens—
let’s enjoy them while we can
           and be thankful

John Lyons


Totally revised

 

Andy Warhol’s snails

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Andy Warhol’s snails, John Lyons (oil on snail shells)

Andy Warhol’s snails

We all like a little excitement
perhaps a night on the town

hair done so we look our best
add a little personal colour

to stand out from the crowd
We’re all looking for love

or at the least some social acceptance
None of us wants to be eaten alive

or to return crestfallen at dawn
our hopes & dreams crushed underfoot

John Lyons


Revised

The art of love

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Love, John Lyons (40 x 40 cm, oil on canvas)

The art of love

Two figures
           drained of colour
sepia with just a hint
           of blue

Sometimes more
           is less
sometimes less
           is more

Art is evocation
           it suggests :
when it seeks to impose
           it overpowers

in that way
           art resembles
relationships
           and love

in which
           tenderness
and gentleness
           are its strengths

John Lyons

Capillaries

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Capillaries, John Lyons (30 x 40 cm, oil on canvas)

Capillaries

A thousand choices
           but nothing random
in the distribution of blues
           and yellows and burnt umber
along with white and grey cells
           but the entire composition
irrigated by the red capillaries
           that bind the composition
together while allowing
           the light to shine through

John Lyons


Corrected

Our saving grace

Our saving grace

What Botticelli shows us
           out of the foam the form
the shape of beauty
           and Boris Vian
who loved jazz :
           out of the foam of days
life inchoate
           we are here to build it
by establishing relationships
           not so much order as growth

Every form of life
           is an organization that draws
upon the materials around it
           and art too is organization
that runs contrary
           to the dispersal of energies
entropy is a challenge
           but love defeats it
even with one hand tied
           behind the back

John Lyons