Lord forgive me, I carved these Winter Bears.

This artisan would labour many years

with Italy’s native woods to create

Our Lady and Our Saviour – their sacred

images of suffering, sacrifice,

our souls to elevate and edify not

these idols, cartoons, at which you stare,

hoping for meaning in the heart they share.

Instead of making works to contemplate,

I offered to the world my holy trade to

banality I became a slave

and chose to embrace the doctrine of taste

undiscriminated, selfish pleasure.

I am the sinner who took Koon’s silver.

 

Inspired by Winter Bears, Jeff Koons, 1988

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