El Greco: Christ Driving the Money Changers From the Temple - 1600
Pirouetting on one leg, whip prehensile
above his bladed head, so he exerts
command on the painting’s axis. Mid-
dance, he fixates a gavotte of righteous
anger, with both eyes fixed on his purposed
task-at-hand. Traders & money-changers
cascade shock & resentment all around
him, as tables clatter to auteur El Greco’s
mise-en-scène. Young men stoop in vain
to scramble up chattels & spilt coinage
in a divinely-organised vortex of pigeon-
squawking & metallic windfall. Torsos
twist with a capitalist anguish; & old
bald pates confer with a diminished,
an ever-diminishing authority.
Only the serving girl, emerging from
beneath the Eastern tympanum, echoes
the messianic arabesque & posture.
Like him she’s energy’s altar-piece,
emanating contemplation & labour
whilst intently studying a broken
nail on her right index-finger.
Mark Wilson has previously published four poetry collections: Quartet For the End of Time (Editions du Zaporogue, 2011), Passio (Editions du Zaporogue, 2013), The Angel of History (Leaky Boot Press, 2013) and Illuminations (Leaky Boot Press, 2016). He is also the author of a verse-drama, One Eucalyptus Seed, about the arrest and incarceration of Ezra Pound after World War Two. His poems and articles have appeared in: The Black Herald, The Shop, 3:AM Magazine, International Times, The Fiend, Epignosis Quarterly, Dodging the Rain and Le Zaporogue.
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