David Subacchi
Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum

Everything is included in this exhibition
From the honest self-portraits to the famous groupings,
Assembled men of The Night Watch look out solemnly,
Syndics of the Drapers Guild disguise irritation
At our intrusion into their private proceedings
And the proud father of The Jewish Bride nods calmly,
As we pause briefly to admire on our procession.

‘Once you leave the Rembrandt section you cannot return’
A whispering gallery assistant announces
When we look over our shoulders hesitatingly
Anxious not to leave any sketch or painting unseen
‘There are works by many other Dutch artists here too’
Scolds a security guard as we descend the stairs
Towards the exit, Amsterdam waiting patiently.