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

I Would Like To Be A Dot In A Painting By Miro

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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 give myself
a little 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.

Malcolm Hamilton 19 November 2004

I find this peom encapsulates a lot of how I feel about life and combines it with a a reference to a painter whose pictures I admire.

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Dylan White 20 October 2021

This is my favorite poem!

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Seb Bruce 20 March 2018

I am doing homework about this poem. What is the meaning to the poem?

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Faraz Ahmed Memon 02 May 2009

Nice thought. I enjoyed it..

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R.k Das 24 August 2007

simply enjoyed reading it,

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Nasra Al Adawi 04 January 2007

Loved the words and was inspired by it to write my own poem

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