Cracked Symbols

the cracked string-bead spaghetti throng swirls bedazzled
bedraggled and comically wretched
a mournful shimmer around cartoon candles
huddling in the gloaming gloom
unragged and healthy
the hum of the crayon-prayer-faithful numb
their pagan-bling makeshift memorial
an installation art totem
as delicate as graffiti sold on the shopping channel
bottles of vodka nestle with silver spoons and opened cartons of cigarettes
and suffocating garage forecourt flowers clinging for dear life
inside their unopened cling-film shallow grave
attached felt tip fly-tipped post-it-sentiments
words you are so mist
words YOU'RE NOT DEAD YOU'RE A STAR!!
words xxx Luv Lucy
words we mourn your loss 4u etc
from across the road she circles her own mind for a clue to theirs
as this dead girl sings of rehab from a tinny mobile phone speaker
rendering her soundwaves disembodied
her sonic angel feathers crash land a last bow r.i.p cashback
as Rapunzul's saturn return death dances
into her vaporised tower of ringtone sorrow
bemused walking away she muses
- oh the irony
they're offering up as symbols of devotion the very paraphernalia that killed her
- what a way to go and what a way to be remembered
then she makes the sign
as she nervously touches her pendant
of the cross
 

 

 

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suki spangles

Sun 11th Dec 2016 10:14

Cheers Tony,
The Diana one was off the charts. This one was inspired by Amy Winehouse's passing. Actually it was a small piece I caught on Sky News at the time. There, in the background, behind the reporter, this weird totem of beer cans, flowers and so on. It said so much. Oddly affecting, paradoxically. Appreciate your feedback. Many thanks.

Tony Hill

Fri 9th Dec 2016 11:43

Almost missed this one, Suki, but glad I didn't. A powerful piece, the language rich and intoxicating. I wonder at those outpouring of public grief for people we have never met, the emotional incontinence following the death of Lady Diana being the most obvious example. Tony

elPintor

Thu 8th Dec 2016 23:36

I have to agree with Stu--very beautiful with powerfully descriptive imagery.

elP

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suki spangles

Wed 7th Dec 2016 14:31

Wordality! It certainly is a word now. Cheers for reading, and your feedback.

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Stu Buck

Wed 7th Dec 2016 12:39

gosh there is so much assonance and general wordality (not a word but should be) that taking it all in is a baffling task. beautiful stuff.

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