Dan Campion


Strictures at an Exhibition
pace Mussorgsky

Don’t touch,
Don’t crowd,
Don’t talk too loud,
Don’t push,
Don’t stall,
Don’t hug the wall,
Don’t gawk,
Don’t mope,
Don’t grasp the rope,
Don’t rush,
Don’t glare,
Don’t stop and stare,
Don’t blurt,
Don’t whine,
Don’t break the line,
Don’t slurp,
Don’t chew,
Don’t block the view,
Don’t drift,
Don’t nap,
Don’t take a snap—
All clear?
Then start.
Enjoy the art!

Dan Campion has been a regular contributor to Light since its first issue in spring 1992. He is the author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism (Bucknell University Press, 1995) and has contributed poetry to Poetry, Rolling Stone, Shenandoah, and other magazines.