Ekphrastic Poem [early draft]

Let’s Not Be Stupid (Richard Deacon, 1991)

locked in tug-of-war
fates tussling
chained together
by double-helix
strands of biology
either way
there is chronology
follow the timeline
we are tomorrow’s history
you were once
the bean-seed
of an idea
now caged
by its own
human limitations
bag of gold
at the end of black rainbow
is plump with emptiness
full of nothing
space stares back
frames a moment
whether of disappointment
is up to you
shift back
and forth
across monkey-bars
playground pendulum
legs swinging
kicking out
against constraint

sculpture let's not be stupid


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