Moniza Alvi


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.

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.


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

  • (3/20/2018 6:17:00 AM)


    I am doing homework about this poem. What is the meaning to the poem? (Report) Reply

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  • (5/2/2009 1:01:00 AM)


    Nice thought. I enjoyed it.. (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2007 4:38:00 AM)


    simply enjoyed
    reading it,
    (Report) Reply

  • Nasra Al Adawi (1/4/2007 4:07:00 AM)


    Loved the words and was inspired by it to write my own poem (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2004 6:25:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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