Fromward sat the urns made with grey clay, looking out of place.
Occultist ceramics, alter
egos in various gender.
Seraphim and premonition all riding
motorcycles with their tongues
hanging out and they’ll only wind them back in when he goes to psychotherapy.
I would love some of these to put on my kitchen table for dinners,
especially the plate with the protruding nose and a pearl nose ring hanging from the septum.
Ignoring your own reflection in the glass to see the winter rose of Essex -
Or was it the winter rose of the house of?
The priest of?
The eunuch of?
Any of these would fit.
Though in the width of the circle, I see the winter rose of the book of hours,
made of clay.
and the hag
three headed, three pronged.
A relative praying on her knees,
head turned towards a lady immersed in brightest blue, smiling crucified
with her family motif hanging behind.
Swinging to the side is a locket,
Containing the severe face of a man.
It lacks one sentimental strand of hair.
A decorative collar starched and separated.
Just a country man, with a burgundy cheese cloth ribbon,
Tied at the top of his portrait.
It holds together both the original unity,
And the ultimate chaos,
Of a facet of the myth maker,
Who is asking to be paid.
The Gainsborough families are hanging over there so large, an infant’s face takes up the entire surface of the north-eastern wall.
I want to break in at night and steal the vases and the valises
The solid investments with their funny little Count of Verona faces,
The lovely bronze devils,
I could never sell them, even if I stole them
Even if these alter egos are so cynical, and so hard to live with.
Their illuminations are not sympathetic,
They are cold, and their tools displayed
Without instruction via metaphor
Are less fork and spoon, more lead and cloth and napkin.
One last image
Spread out over a glossed plate.
The figures, one clothed, one unclothed, kneeling in the snow.
One has a shopping bag,
And to their left
Are ornate crosses, strung with rosaries,
Strung into the dark, thin
Fields of dirt.
I move out of the low-lit room
And remember riverside factories,
Filled with heavy marble and masks
And sculptures of The Mouth of Truth.
I would never go on a Sunday
For that's my day of rest.
There would be one, two, three, four seagulls
Over the River Fleet,
Running under theatre, train and track,
Buried under the torso of St Pancras,
Which is heavy with footfall
At previous showcases,
Students would have grey stone heads on, three smaller heads attached.
One would hold a golden orb.
Is it heavy?
And behind her performance,
A curtain, pure cerulean! Gold leaf picture frame spun unto E T E R N I TY
Suspended, hanging there.
Not unlike the Razza lion hanging on the chest of my viewing neighbour.
It’s hollow metal mimicking a seal of Minerva
The city’s patron overseer
Symbol of the Spring water, of the ritual, rite and affluent hearth -
And then the pendant moves away into the next room.