edge of lip diminish

Without Interior: Ingress Painting

lie long grand odalisque
turban askew pillow indented
cyclop eye dead center
to face three-quarter view
edge of lip diminish
to a puncture
braided hair follows
contour of ear
circumference spine sweeps
twenty degrees southwest
in shade breast armpit stomach
fur silk flesh converge
to hollow blush
brown peacock feathers
in cave between
hand palm and leg calf
toes feel painted metal
silver cask sprouts dry yellow mist…

                                                         -John Hejduk