Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Decortication



Decortication

Skin-deep audiences rubbed off
with tissue paper... or the skin is peeled,
mere shrubbery, and turquoise horses....
Infusion of mysteries at birth...
from first perceived light:
false tableau of wolf and lamb
followed by sleights with homeless
old mad ladies in wind-punched doorways.
I knew something was dreadfully wrong
the first time they cropped my hair.
We spoke at school of famous artists:
Caligula, Sam Houston, Paul Newman
as Butch Cassidy or Cool Hand Luke.
That was confusion: what, then,
of Hopalong Cassidy and Sean O'Casey?
Once barked and free of yearbooks,
bibles, holy season dioramas,
the standout need was solitude...
and it was hard to arrive at safely.

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