Off the Wall (Draft 3)

Off the Wall

She had had the news on her cell phone.
She smiled, and he’d have smiled too
with throbbing heart, taste of
champagne on their lips.

He had hung the painting in a famous museum
and nobody had seen it, would see it,
except for her. For the art of it, he

had hung the painting
in the Liberation Art Museum
renown, sort of posh damned

Actually, he disabled the alarms
elegantly he had thought, being in the zone, and
broke in alighting with ropes, alone
past midnight down skylights

On the wall he mounted the masterpiece, and
left a roof rope hanging
thinking of her heart, of her lips

The police arrived on a tip
and they didn’t appreciate
the art of it all at all, but

for the escape plan
he went to the roof rope,
didn’t want to disappoint her
again

He had hung his painting in a museum

And he hung himself.

Off the Wall (Draft 2)

Off the Wall

She had had the news on her cell phone.
She smiled, he’d have smiled too.

He hung the painting in a famous museum
and nobody had seen it, would see it,
except for her.

He had hung the painting
in the Grand Art Gallery
renown

Actually, he disabled the alarms
he had thought, and
broke in with ropes alighting
past midnight from skylights

He mounted the masterpiece on the wall, and
left a roof rope hanging
thinking of her.

The police arrived
and they didn’t appreciate
the art of it all at all, but

for the escape plan
he went to the roof rope,
didn’t want to disappoint her
again

He had hung his painting in a museum

And he hung himself.

Off the Wall (Draft 1)

He hung the painting in a famous museum
and nobody saw it.

Actually, he disabled the alarms
he thought
and broke in with ropes
past midnight from the skylight

He mounted the masterpiece on the wall, and
left a roof rope hanging

the police arrived
and they didn’t appreciate
the art of it all at all, but

for the escape plan
he went to the roof rope.

He had hung his painting in a museum

And he hung himself.