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The Frown

Not all frowns are alike, they differ radically, depending on the face and personality. A most potent and reactionary frown is asking someone if they like eating liver. A good second is sushi which sounds innocent enough until one learns it’s raw fish. Then in order of diminishment – lima beans, brussel sprouts, and okra. In the arts, the reaction is similar though often not as predictable or explosive. A Picasso cubist portrait in all its tortuous angularities is a good candidate. Or a splattered Jackson Pollock. Is it a painting or a mess? Opinions differ. A giant blah monochromatic Rothko will bring on a frown superimposed with a veil of bewilderment – and have you questioning the very raison d’être of art itself! Lastly, and a sure face-frowner, and my personal favorite by-the-way, is when I’m asked what I do for a living and I say I’m a writer, and smiling with excitement I’m asked: what kind? Poetry, I answer proudly. Words cannot describe the instantaneous avalanche of the face, the sudden rise of eyebrows to the skull’s hairline, the dead drop of the mouth, and the frantic look for an excuse or exit to get away!

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Date: 8/11/2021 10:45:00 AM
"Or a splattered Jackson Pollock. Is it a painting or a mess? Opinions differ." I think I can glean your opinion here.
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Date: 8/10/2021 1:42:00 PM
ha! thank you for a much-needed smile, maurice! i love all the examples you gave (although i do like brussel sprouts and picasso) but your ending was unexpected and delightful (to all of us poets, anyway!)
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Date: 8/10/2021 12:13:00 PM
(chuckle) The immediate assumption is that you have NO money, Maurice. Which, of course, may or may not be true...but telling them you're a poet?...you're through! Finished! Kaput!
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