John Cage does painting

mustard wash
Mustard, John Lyons (oil on canvas)

John Cage does painting

Contemplate in silence
           a rectangular canvas
washed in mustard yellow
           there is nothing there
but the surface
           and the dimensions
and a few imperceptible
           flaws in the fabric
nothing to distract the eye
           no composition
nor any relationships
           other than with the space
crowded around
           the four sides
of this object
           of artistic intention

Make of it
           what you will
it took almost a lifetime
           to complete
Make of that
           what you will

John Lyons