A tribute to Stein’s “If I Told Him: A Complete Portrait of Picasso”
Sunshine, hey sunshine, sunshine hey;
you’re bright. You’re bright sunshine; bright sunshine you are. Are you?
Does little Johnny Nash know he’s bright? He’s bright; bright he is. Is bright Johnny Nash, Jr.
Not odd odd not.
Not odd. Not.
Arithmetic adds subtracts numbers. Integers are problems. Problems are integers: numbers.
Subtracts arithmetic, arithmetic adds. Adds and adds and adds and adds.
Solutions; sets of values. Values set the solutions. Values set,
set you see. See you seeing you seeing me.
You see me?
Value you seeing me.
Values of set solutions. Society’s set of values…do they satisfy
the set of given inequalities?
Inequalities given John Forbes Nash, Jr. Johnny Nash given inequalities and inequalities given sum. Sum of the parts must equal the whole.
Whole, the equal must part from the sum.
Sums and sums and so and so, parts are whole. Whole inequalities are summed. Summed up as a whole.
Brilliant sums the parts. Whole parts can’t sum the image. Image image and image of image.
Image sum can’t part; its whole parts can’t sum image. Image is brilliant. Brilliant is that
image sum. Some parts whole, yet whole parts none.
Two for one.
Then none or one. Eleanor: one, was one; two. Two one was, then one was three. Three can’t be, can’t be three. Three! Three’s an inequality. No sum. No sum is three. Three can’t be. Be three?
Formulate formulas. Formulas formulate formulas, so formulas can formulate. Must formulate so formulas can formulate.
Who said formulas first? He’s after him, he is. Is he after him? He is. He is is he after him and after him is he?
Who is he who’s after him? Who’s after him? They’re after him; they’re all after him.
After him they are.
As silence is sweet, silence is.
As winter sun.
Has winter sun? Sun winter has. As winter has sun, sun has.
As winter sun.
Brilliant and bright. You’re bright sunshine. Hey winter sunshine, you’re bright.
Allow me to say what’s in a beautiful mind. A beautiful mind.
This piece was inspired by Gertrude Stein’s “If I Told Him: A Complete Portrait of Picasso," as well as the brilliant and beautiful mind of John Forbes Nash, Jr.