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Black

Jagger says “Paint it black”: I concur.
Not just the red door, but everything
my bitter retinas despise.

In your hospital, the white
walls close in, even with
a Warrnambool sea view.

Atrophy and apathy
begin to mingle, and I . . .
I don’t wish to write this.

Heartbroken, I watch your strong
farmer’s hands wither, paper-thin,
veins raised and fluttering feebly.

I want the blue turned black.

Your faith fuels my anger.

In my head I know
what I know, namely
I don’t wish to write this.

I feel jaundiced with bile,
delirious sweat as panic
creeps through my body.

I no longer know what to sing,
Your blue-eyed tortured silence
wounds me, all of your family.

Turning my green eyes
black, as though a sneaky
venomous predator lies

in wait, to ensnare, to entrap.
Jagged, I can only murmur
“I want to paint it black”.

Black

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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Artist's Description

In a dream the other night, dredged up some of the associations from my Grandma’s passing in 2009. Although it is the same hospital where my father died some 12 years prior to that, her death is the one clearer in my mind.

Journal post on the eulogy for Ivy May Houston

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