De Kooning                                                       

            “The worst thing about being poor,”
            de Kooning said, “is that it takes up all your time”
            Which is the best thing about being in love
            The trick, it seems to me, is
            If you’re poor
            You want to get rich quick
            So you’ll have room for things like love
            If you’re in love
            You want it to endure
            Maybe it’s that simple, maybe not
            I never met de Kooning personally
            But what I knew of him from
            What he cared to show
            Was rich or poor
            He painted day and night
            Until you’re dead
            I guess there’s always time and space
            For something more than bread


            Emanuel E. García, Sinking In, One Hundred Poems2013