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Barberella...The Ships Head

She climbs inflatable neon pink sexy blow-up ladders
Needy and hungry… her lungs crave… suck suck air
The air…the kites around her.

Kites come beaming down….comets….dragons…stars…
Collectively they form a phosphorus sea-floor conspiracy beneath her
Light her salvation?
Illuminated Vegas pearly gates?
Her lack lustre presence seems all encompasing
Both the turbulent and still Turner sea
Ignorantly laughing….
Blissfully unaware


Glowing and evolving…
The shipwreck flickers….
City lights switch on and off….
Neurons expand and contract
Forms a self-sufficient microcosm beneath her

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Barberella...The Ships Head by 

Ellen Jaye Benson Visual Artist/Educator –
a.k.a. ‘elle jaye rose’ (my frustrated dark illustrator & social commentator hat)
a.k.a ‘Henna Harpy’ (my ornamental body art and design hat)
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  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonover 6 years ago

    Your descriptions are so rich and marvelous. I adore the Turner sea reference and The shipwreck flickers… a whole lot. The sea! The sea! You’ll be there soon dearest.

  • johnny hancen
    johnny hancenover 5 years ago

    this pops rocks and slides around into a groovy ride.thanks.johnny

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 5 years ago

    its strange how the female form as an emblem morphs through time but still remains the same.sorry but iam going to have to pay asimilar compliment
    if turner had read this i`m sure the fighting temeraire would now be called
    “the ships head barberella”
    your work is clear and insightfull with metaphor and symbolism woved in
    i like it alot

  • aw wow! charliethetramp u compliment me so!

    – ellejayerose

  • Angiel7
    Angiel7over 4 years ago

    Sounds like youv’e been hanging around the Ship inn at Southbank too long…another round? :D Ange

  • only if old greg swings by for a baileys :P

    – ellejayerose

  • Angiel7
    Angiel7over 4 years ago

    HA!, I thought you wrote Keg for a minute :D

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