Why I Am Not A Painter

I am not a painter, I am a poet.
Why? I think I would rather be
a painter, but I am not. Well,

for instance, Mike Goldberg
is starting a painting. I drop in.
"Sit down and have a drink" he
says. I drink; we drink. I look
up. "You have SARDINES in it."
"Yes, it needed something there."
"Oh." I go and the days go by
and I drop in again. The painting
is going on, and I go, and the days
go by. I drop in. The painting is
finished. "Where's SARDINES?"
All that's left is just
letters, "It was too much," Mike says.

But me? One day I am thinking of
a color: orange. I write a line
about orange. Pretty soon it is a
whole page of words, not lines.
Then another page. There should be
so much more, not of orange, of
words, of how terrible orange is
and life. Days go by. It is even in
prose, I am a real poet. My poem
is finished and I haven't mentioned
orange yet. It's twelve poems, I call
it ORANGES. And one day in a gallery
I see Mike's painting, called SARDINES.

by Frank O'Hara

Comments (3)

Indiscriminate persecution, malicious discrimination, partisan beliefs, social ostricism..... the right ingredients for hate! I have read recipes of success, joy, happy living etc. but never a recipe of hate! This is brilliant Patrick! Enjoyed!
Must give credit where credit is due and this is a Brilliant poem! Nothing but thought provoking ideas that stand out full of truth. This is honestly a poem that can down in the historybooks. The title was clever and the theme throughout was highly creative and it was exactly as you said down to the T. A recipe of hate. I think this should be one of those poems that gets copied and pasted over and over again as it's resent to everyone in the world that has an email account. I'm sure I'm coming across as a poetic kissass BUT that is just how good this poem is and it's rare I come across poems that I can really give this much praise for all it's worth. Flawless Victory here Mr patrick you get a hat-trick for this one!
A grand recipe of hate..spell bounded me, silence of thought, lovely write fantastic I call it poetical wonderment thank you 10