Well, wish me luck. Tomorrow I will be
At ArtFest. It is at the downtown park
In Paso Robles. If you come you’ll see
Me giving interactive demonstrations
On carving and designing wood block prints
To tens of thousands. (I exaggerate
Of course.) There might be some who come to see
The sixty artists and their art. I’ve got
The patter down. I think.
“Come one and all!
Discover for yourself the pleasure you
Can find in carving wood. Just step right up
And soon, you’ll be amazed what you can do.
The greatest printers in the world will come
To you for inspiration and to learn
What they’ve been doing wrong. And all you need
To spend is thirty minutes. Half an hour.
And surely you can take this little time
To master everything you need to know
About the art of carving, and design,
And inking up the block and pulling prints.”
It might be fortunate that where I’m at
Is off the beaten path, and while the show
Is going on I will be lucky if
Occasionally someone happens by.
And even luckier if all they want
To know is where the porta-potties are.