Portrait of a Bird


The Art of David Wiley


The Blame For It All

Once when the world was filled with arches
      and waters flowed in the deserts of Paradise
there was a vision of people and Nature
      like a violinist and a violin.
But when the raisins in the cake of politics
      lost touch with the grapes
      that they came from
and the symphony of creatures living in the
lost its luster,
when broken people sat on sidewalks
      talking to themselves
      to keep from disappearing,
and cities became a spectacle
      of burlap sewn with silk,
we continued our daily motions
      guided by the hum of systems and machinery
the steady drone of industry and organization,
we continued to recite the alphabet
      while counting the hours until dinner.
And when the game was over
and all the marbles had been counted
and all the playthings put away
who was able to say:
      “I have played the game divinely”?
who among us could claim:
      “I have made our dreams come true”? 

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David Wiley, painter-poet: graduate of U. Kansas; studied at Mexico City College and with artist Ignacio Belen in Barcelona. Widely traveled, he exhibits throughout California and abroad. Wiley has published two volumes of poetry: Designs for a Utopian Zoo (1992) and The Face of Creation (1996). Since 2005, Wiley has received large mural commissions in Arizona, Mexico and California. Wiley is a longtime contributor to Scene4 : paintings, poems, meditations on art, creative fiction and non-fiction. To inquire about his paintings, click here.
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