Flick Shut

Landscape with Birds, Lucian Freud, 1940

[Landscape with Birds, by Lucian Freud, 1940]

Flick Shut

She was neglecting herself.

That interception, missing thought,

inner infant,

who cried into her sight for mommy,

please come and change me,

brush hands over me, palms of care

involved elsewhere,

always elsewhere, and eyes averted

to flicking filmstrips ranged from horizon

to horizon and speeded up. The whining

child would have to make do.

But that baby didn’t understand,

had no reason at all and just cried and cried

while she panelled the walls, one block of rapid

filmstrips, one lethal blot–alternating these,

telling  it to shut up.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s