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Draft of Of the Art, undated

We said: the honey was rare.
We said: the child
has gathered color from the rose itself.

She said, after Malraux,
the child has no care or lacked skill. This skill, we said, is not a thing learnd
but a thing loved. Ovserve
how free from all other will but the rose itself
the child's hand moves;
this color, so related by an ardour
no later knowledge may increase
is all that art comes to
or love or life seeks.

Christ himself torn on the cross
knowing Man's agony
no greater passion knew or spoke
than this child makes known to us
in a painted face
whose blotchd intensity
has reachd beauty

See, we said, how directly the bees
fly to the heart of the rose
or these children, who have not been diverted
by vanity of exhibits, aritsans,
values, great works,
efforts, achievements,
rivalries, denials, purposes:
travel the way that is obscured to us
to the place where the rose grows