by Sylvie Baumgartel

Sylvie Baumgartel

What happens to good girls?
They get presents.
What happens to bad girls?
They get tied up & locked in the closet.

A stiletto was first a pen,
Then a dagger,
Now a heel.
Caravaggio's Medusa was painted on a shield.
The painting itself is an object of warfare.
I wear purple marks from you on my
Eyes & hips.

Medusa's head is full of tin
From pots & pans & knives
Thrown into the molten bronze because
Cellini was feverish & threw in his
Kitchen to finish his sculpture.

I'm the girl projected;
I'm the girl unprotected.
My head too is full of the kitchen.
My head too is full of knives.

Last updated November 08, 2022