Ode to Necrophilia, Mexico City, 1962 (Leonora Carrington), by Kati Horna (Mexico, b. Hungary) 1962
All Our Grieving Mothers
In this room, a flame casts its veiled shadow.
A mother, barefoot by the unmade bed,
clutches herself through silken shawl and lace,
graceful as an alabaster death mask.
Her heart, a stricken bird trembling between
life and mortality – the sputtering engine
of language, of memory. Through the window,
the trees are not trees but silence itself,
shrouded in the stinging abstraction of
day: a brightness so full it burns the eye.
Tom Velho is a poet and teacher from London. By day he teaches Modern Languages and Literature. He has had work in Red Ogre Review, Overheard, and The Delinquent. Twitter: @velho_tom
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