Early bird, no worm

I’m too much in awe of this piece of art to write a poem. Let’s enjoy it without words…

Marble seated harp player 2800–2700 B.C.

A male figure playing a stringed instrument sits on a high-backed chair. This work is one of the earliest of the small number of known representations of musicians. It is distinguished by the sensitive modeling of the arms and hands.

Cycladic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

I wanted to join the early bird prompt at napowrimo.net, to celebrate that National Poetry Writing Month starts again tomorrow. This was the prompt:

Finally, because April 1 arrives a few hours earlier for many of our participants than it does for us at Na/GloPoWriMo headquarters, we’re also featuring an early-bird prompt today. Today, we’d like to challenge you to spend a few minutes looking for a piece of art that interests you in the online galleries of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. After you’ve selected your piece, study the photographs and the accompanying text. And then – write a poem! Maybe about who you imagine making the piece, or using it. Or how it wound up in the museum? Or even the life of the person who wrote the text about the piece – perhaps the Met has a windowless basement full of graduate students churning out artwork descriptions – who knows?

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