Art lover


Stains, John Lyons (16 x 16 cm, coffee and oil on canvas)

A grid formed
from barbecue skewers
laid overnight on a canvas
and doused in coffee
to create a canvas
drawn from nature

gravity and evaporation
did most of the rest
but a few dabs of oil paint
were added to provide
a little colour

so whose work is it
mine or an accident
of art produced
by the shaky hand
of chance?

John Lyons

Out of the daily bustle

ChristChurch Spitalfields
Christ Church, Spitalfields

Out of the daily bustle

As Rauschenberg said
           there’s no escape
from dimensions
           we’re in it up to our eyes
and so to Christ Church
           in Spitalfields
on Commercial Street
           Hawksmoor’s cavernous
East End gem
           beautifully restored

Here where Handel
           once played the organ
there is time to pause
           to breathe in the silence
and to ponder the purpose
           of human endeavour
and to marvel at the art
           that feeds the soul
as nothing else can
           nothing else needed

John Lyons