Moniza Alvi - I Would Like To Be A Dot In A Painting By Miro

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Moniza Alvi (1968-) reads her poem I Would Like To Be A Dot In A Painting By Miro

I would like to be a dot in a painting by Miro.

Barely distinguishable from other dots,
it's true, but quite uniquely placed.
And from my dark centre

I'd survey the beauty of the linescape
and wonder — would it be worthwhile
to roll myself towards the lemon stripe,

centrally poised, and push my curves
against its edge, to get myself
a little extra attention?

But it's fine where I am.
I'll never make out what's going on
around me, and that's the joy of it.

The fact that I'm not a perfect circle
makes me more interesting in this world.
People will stare forever —

Even the most unemotional get excited.
So here I am, on the edge of animation,
a dream, a dance,a fantastic construction,

a child's adventure.
And nothing in this tawny sky
can get too close, or move too far away.

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