Art Doesn’t Pay

by flammeusgladius

Art Doesn’t Pay

 

 

“Of course I chose the art that doesn’t pay–
especially for those who won’t play games
in academe. The games that I will play
are games fulfilling far more pointed aims.
I do not sit amongst ambitious dames
pretending I’m developing their wits
and justifying their poetic claims
while really sneaking glances at their tits.
I am the spirit (I proclaim) who spits
on all such parasitical pursuits.
Let others ponder cryptic alphabets
and tongue-shine the department chairman’s boots!
I will not serve! It’s simple to decide.
(The fact is, I’m not really qualified….)”

 

 

–Tom Riley