on the epiphany, David Appelbaum

 Covenant, Tim Timmerman
(oil on wooden panel / reclaimed wood / kiln-worked glass /
cast bronze / found soldiers; 22″x19″x4″)


on the epiphany

a burlesque fire
with rattles dancing the edges

a tower with fury
against the rising winter moon

one pale eye, the other rages
clawing for the naked branch
five heads above
but now closes in ash
now a-mire, pity
now less than nothing

while a prank pearl pupil
looks through a thin veil
a veil so veiled
no way to hold one
apart from itself
that veiled gaze
seeing what ashes say
but unable to tell


David Appelbaum

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