Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled
Jessie Ligocki

At first glance one would see
A heap of brightly colored cellophane,
With assorted colors and assorted tastes,
A childhood desire,
Or a memoir of happier moments.
Take one if you want.
Enjoy candy from an everlasting pile.

At a second glance one might see
Love and loss,
Temporary but immortal.
Sickness, detrimental to weight,
Just like the diminishing pile of candy.
Take one if you want.
Celebrate the everlasting pile.


This poem is written about a painting entitled "Untitled" by artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres in his Los Angeles exhibition "Portrait of Ross in L.A."