the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Month: May, 2012


“Having been witness to what a mother goes through,” he said to his mother.

He could not kill it.

The old widow salvaged her broken web
and hoisted her sacs of eggs.

Soon, her time will be.

“The female dies the same summer after laying eggs.”

But hers was not by poison or fire.
Or to return in a bad dream.

She and her eggs are in a jar, in the car,
driving to the desert, to be set free.

Then, her time will be.

At the foot of the saguaro,
Thousands of Latrodectus mactans were born.

The good mother wraps her legs
around the red hourglass
and dangles
one last time
from a single, silk strand.

“Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless, or the widow,
and do not shed innocent blood in this place.”
Jeremiah 22:3

painting: The Good Mother by Louise Bourgeois


and had been

She was not ugly or absurd, in herself, only a little dried and hollowed, with straw hair tightly and tastelessly curled, and skin somewhat roughened, as if she had been for a long time facing a harsh wind. There was no blood in her cheeks, and something like dust lay over her face. People who looked at her knew that she was old, and had been old always.

image: here
text: Alice Munro’s first story
(thank you erica lorraine)

of lilies


Today 9th June of the year 1939

dollop of syrup
frizzing her hair
like feathers
in the middle of the fried egg
smelling of her song
of lilies

poem and painting: mother and child on the beach – picasso



i’d take my earring out

Ah Margarida,
If I gave you my life,
What would you do with it?

I’d take my earrings out of hook,
Marry a blind man,
And live on a tree-lined block.

1. George Hendrik Breitner. The Earring. 1893
2. poem: Ah Margarida by Álvaro de Campos

and a treat:
the flowers she sent and the flowers she said she sent

And you tremble like an ostrich
In your ostrich feather coat

part of my makeup

“…I’ve stabilized my life to an extent now over these past 10 years. I’m very at ease, and I like it. I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn’t think that was part of my makeup. But somebody said that as you get older you become the person you always should have been, and I feel that’s happening to me. I’m rather surprised at who I am, because I’m actually like my dad.”

1. ziggy
2. david bowie