The Burning Wife

The house is:
Castle
Prison
Tomb
Pyre

Within it she sewed her own shroud

The suburban dying has come to this
as
He sets her a funeral pyre
As a final gift

He lights an angry fire
And in her shroud
She is lit

He sets her a funeral pyre
Sets the wife on fire

As a lover’s gift

The Burning Wife

John O'Dal

Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia

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Artist's Description

Some men have been known to pour petrol on their wives and show them the match before they light the flames. Causes you to think about early love and what went wrong. Causes me to wonder about love full stop.

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