We’re permitted, encouraged even

to mog around in the almost empty spaces

of our art museums

statues appearing nearly as persons

shout their immense quiet

paintings next to armed guards

some you’d like to steal some you wouldn’t

I have gotten very philosophical at times there

have spoken to other voyeurs (the professional name)

sometimes we’ve struck up quite a conversation

if she’s young and attractive

I have enjoyed occasional coffee dates set up later

they’ll ask if I ever have

created anything on any level

I think of great works of art

or mumble into silence.