Instructions to an Artist

27 Sep

What does it mean to be art? This Badgerblog selection, by fourth grader Varun, explores perception, observation, and description from the point of view of an artist’s model. Written in first person, Varun’s similes take the reader to unexpected places, as the poet includes everything from battering rams to blueberries in this imaginative piece.

I wish my head to appear
like an oval, and the canvas
should be painted like a meadow.
Trace the oval with a battering ram
that has a big, screaming can.

My neck should be painted
like a boulder with a ferocious
act of flower. My arms should be
painted like ants with the giant
beaks of rats. My body should be
painted like a snake
with a piece of blueberry drake.

My legs should be painted
like cheetahs with spotted feet,
like hyenas.

Varun, fourth grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp

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