Very clear, perfectly understandable. †

The ingredients are set out very clearly.
I suppose Lautrec would easily with a poster
give a simple understandable account of them.

The central figure would be a grey donkey
carrying a naked man, with fresh blood
running redly into the dust at the roadside.

The master leading the animal would be caught
staring with deep compassion at the body
balanced, face down, carefully on its back.

He wears a purse round his neck & in his hands
he carries bottles which have recently been emptied.
One, in yellow, is marked ‘OIL’, the other (vermilion
letters) ‘WINE’.

Two figures, wretched & bent, pass a stone
points to the city...

I always thought that my neighbour was the man
living next door, bolted up on either side of me.

Whenever I look at the donkey or the body on it
I say ‘hullo! - how are you? –  can I help you?’
while Lautrec, that drunken &  crippled manikin,
shouts obscenities at me.



†        But he, willing to justify himself, said ...
‘and who is my neighbour?’


Surely Toulouse-Lautrec could have made a splendid, convincing poster of the Samaritan & the victim?

The bright colours, the action, & no doubt even the compassion would have appealed strongly to him if he'd considered such a work - but I guess his probable attitude towards anyone as vaguely religious as myself would have turned him contemptuously & bitterly against it.