Monday, April 18, 2016

Rupert M. Loydell, ANNUNCIATION BY FRANCIS BACON


               A Dream of Francis Bacon, image by Rupert M. Loydell 


ANNUNCIATION BY FRANCIS BACON


Imagine! His smudges of raw paint
pulled into communion with the past:

the angel ill-defined, contorted,
with a gash for a mouth, can hardly

speak to the flesh wound that is
Mary’s face. Instead of a portico

and private cell there’s a room
outlined against saturated colour.

The dove is either that splash there
or has gone missing altogether.

You should be afraid. Should scream
and slur your speech, get drunk.

The spirit of God is upon you,
urgent and toxic. You’re soused,

unable to speak or think, have
been winging it from the word go.



—Rupert M. Loydell


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