Of Elsewheres

 

Society’s leashed tiger-ballerina,

Tense, coiled spring dragon of

Defence as attack,

She flits:

In and out of cloud,

In and out of consciousness.

Do we keep her here

With our greedy, silent wishes

When she dreams –

Always –

Of elsewhere?

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Exhibitio …

Somewhere unseen – tucked away,

Below, behind the artefacts –

 Tiny bulbs that shine forth beams

Of light brighter than small gods

Draw unexpected-shape shadows

All around me: exotic butterfly wings,

Torquemada’s masks, broken pagoda roofs,

Dragon claws; birth thoughts of faith

As they maze floor and walls

With failure portent and treasure promise:

Belittling, mocking, intimidating the observers.