A nosegay for my love

A nosegay, John Lyons (oil on wooden lid)

A nosegay for my love

a posy
a spray
a bunch
a bouquet

of the moment
a cast-off
on the lid
of a wooden box

a throwaway
dashed off
with scant attention
to detail

an action painting
an act of love
to render a thought
or rather
a feeling

an engagement
with the medium
flowers that emerge
out of nothing

merely to state
that love
is the part of us
that never dies

John Lyons

In an essay entitled, A process of painting, Robert Motherwell wrote : “A painting is not a picture of something in front of your eyes—a model, say, primarily. It is an attack on the medium which then comes to “mean” something.”


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