I am liquorice allsorts, minus the pink

I sit up straight

I flinch at nothing

except bird eating spiders
people who walk on stilts

and the colour pink


Just don’t

I wear black, and if the moon is full
ruby stilettos with a heel
that would make a coy man blush
and a lesser woman stumble

I have dominatrix posture
and bestial scowl

I don’t hold hands and if you
expect me to write you poetry
wait until you cross me
when I’ll pour the honey vodka
pull out the voodoo dolls
and let the blood mingle with ink

You only get two pins, baby
I’m not evil

But pink turns me so
as its presence
makes my inner film flicker
and my little girl blondeness
parade across the screen
with round belly
open heart
and blank page

You try to beguile me
with salmon
dusky rose

I’m a linguist, remember?
I own a thesaurus

And I cannot let you sit next to me
with that wretched hue
marking you
as girl


I don’t wear the cloak of frivolity well
but I’m learning

baby steps, baby steps

one day I’ll be able to go to a circus
without recoiling from the stilt walkers
with their loping stance
and insect legs

& to walk down the bakery aisle
without flinching from the crumpets
with their pathetic neediness
to be filled
validate me with honey
….please, oh please

But I went from Barbie
to Medusa
in one quick fall
and if you put me near pink
my serpents begin to hiss
and writhe their hostility

for even a four year old gorgon

can still

turn you

to stone

© bellmusker 2008

I am liquorice allsorts, minus the pink


Melbourne, Australia

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Artist's Description

For the joyous Lucky, who pulled these words out of me, and made me dream of lime green clogs & the deity of candy:

I am the blood red spine with the bruised tailbone
I am coconut rice with extra lime leaves
I am the Medusa snarl with blue tangles
I am ink in blood and pen in hand
I am liquorice allsorts minus the pink
I am Bodie and Doyle with winged collars
And I am no longer afraid
of the dark

For the photo theme of the June Melbourne Writers’ Meeting

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