"I have Painted"

Written By

Margarita Tenser

I have painted

     round the legs of furniture

it was so heavy, and my hands so tired

          (I forgot.)

     Now there is wet paint between

          me and the door

 

through which I should have hauled this chest of drawers

               and this coffee table. Press

                                                                                          on! Do not

                                                                           lose focus

                                             wander

                              and

               play

     checkers on the internet

or read about Sidney Newman’s foiled attempt

               at a female Doctor Who, and end up

                              with a floor half-done

                                             forever. Doggedly

                              press on, although I know

               that now there will be outlines

                              if I rearrange;

                                             beige ghosts of living past

                                             head-shakers

                                             tattletales.

 

                              Decide to paint the bald spots later

               maybe do them

in another colour, so it’s artsy

               and stuff. Although

                              I know

               I won’t.

 

 

               oh

                                                            look

 

                              now

 

                              I have painted myself

               into a corner.

Margarita Tenser is a Ukrainian-born Aussie who harbours an irrational dislike of chocolate, works in a television-adjacent industry and spends a lot of time procrastinating on writing. Her poetry has been published in Voiceworks, Strange Horizons, and Stone Telling, and her official blog can be found at http://thepresenttenser.wordpress.com.