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