November Ekphrastic Challenge: Day 7

Jane Dougherty Writes

This is my day 7 contribution to Paul Brookes’ month-long challenge.
Once again, the paintings are by Marcel Herms (Celebrity culture) and Terry Chipp (Dr Butler).

7MH Celebrity culture, mixed media on cardboard, 25,5 x 32,5 cm, 2020


When the only thing that gives you pleasure
is to see yourself reflected in adoring eyes
then day and night the ticking of the seconds
are nothing but the punctuated syncopated
over-inflated dance steps of your cat walk life.

You admit of no bones beneath this flesh
no blood to stain and when you hear
the whining of the bombs you smile
and dip inside the portal of your parallel world
and pour yourself another drink.

There are people in this world and there is plastic
and some with glitter in their teeth that blend the two
inextricably mixed, never shaken, never stirred.


TC7. Dr Butler

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