I Would Like To Be A Dot In A Painting By Miro

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.

by Moniza Alvi

Comments (5)

I am doing homework about this poem. What is the meaning to the poem?
Nice thought. I enjoyed it..
simply enjoyed reading it,
Loved the words and was inspired by it to write my own poem
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.