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Scary Mari

(© Barb Ryman)

 

There is an artist whose work was rejected

Five thousand times, she says five thousand times

She was known as Scary Mari

To those who liked to whine

 

The art world and the galleries

Denied Mari a member card

So she displayed her artistry

In the only way that she knew how

And her house became a canvas

A sculpture garden her front lawn

But some neighbors and alarmists

Wanted her to take it down

So they took their righteous grumblings

To the city authority

Where they cowardly filed them

In anonymity

 

There is an artist whose work was rejected

Five thousand times, she says five thousand times

She was known as Scary Mari

To homeowners who liked to whine

 

An Alice in Wonderland

Experience was Mari’s place

Exquisite in its intricate

Colored pattern interlace

But the local punks defaced it

The complainers had their say

When the rulings of the city took her

Sculptures away

As a final humiliation

Charged Mari a hefty bill

For hauling her inspired works

To the landfill

 

There is an artist whose work was rejected

Five thousand times, she says five thousand times

She was known as Scary Mari

To those who liked to whine

 

The rejections and complaints

Lay bitter dark in Mari’s heart

Yet bright and whimsy paints

Animated her keen art

But the painful public struggle

Ends in a lovely twist of fate

For the conflict drew the art critics

To put her work on their plate

They saw true originality

In her stunning folk-art imageries

And now her works hang in dignity

In very fine art galleries.

 

There is an artist whose work was rejected

Five thousand times, she says five thousand times