Museum Piece

The good gray guardians of art
Patrol the halls on spongy shoes,
Impartially protective, though
Perhaps suspicious of Toulouse.

Here dozes one against the wall,
Disposed upon a funeral chair.
A Degas dancer pirouettes
Upon the parting of his hair.

See how she spins! The grace is there,
But strain as well is plain to see.
Degas loved the two together:
Beauty joined to energy.

Edgar Degas purchased once
A fine El Greco, which he kept
Against the wall beside his bed
To hang his pants on while he slept.

by Richard Wilbur

Comments (5)

Museum teaches history and culture through various kinds of arts...........+++++++++++++
Enjoyed the humour: mundane vs genius.
While he slept. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
I always new it every piece of art has it's place and function.
This is a cute piece, decently written, but not a great poem in any way, IMHO.