MOTHER OF PEARL

by cassidy mcfadzean

 

 

The painting of Selinius was satyrical

 

Why do you write such blasphemy?

 

            It was Peter, Paul, John, James, &c.

 

                                       Stagnating is an active verb

 

Did you see my toppling tree?

I’m painting in a shade only tetrachromats can see

 

            It was birds, fish, reptiles, some mammals, &c

 

We stigmatized stigmata

Took to pretence and subterfuge

 

                                        Rot, a generative process

 

            The worst thought: a dead-end idea

Our lives were two split-screens before you entered

 

We burned the effigy

              It was strong, resilient, and iridescent

 

                                           Mother, dregs or scrum concreted

 

The sound of your voice became vibrations

 

             Thrumming against my body

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