Definition: mother / graffiti / artist

from Contents Under Pressure (2019 Pūkeko Publications)

Poetry, Quick Read
Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

Dec 15   ●  min read

This isn’t the beginning, but somewhere in the middle;
she’s clambering the leftover scaffold like the flying fox
on YouTube she saw scaling a sky-tree, gaining the
necessary height to fly. According to Wiki, she is:

a woman in relation to children to whom she has given /
is giving / will give birth

At the necessary height, she takes the cans from her
coat — obsidian, coral, cobalt, viridian — and places
them in a row along a plank, smoothed by daytime
swarms of builders, boxing, sawing, making safe. This
A4 page is a plan she sellotapes to the porous wall:

a small graph (graffito, singular, masculine)
of primitive scratches

She squeezes pelvic-floor, fists, certain parts of the
cerebrum tight shut, pops a plastic lid open. The ball
rattles, her arm unstiffens under the layers she will
settle to blend and reveal that she:

creates pictures, a profession

this — she practises breathing the parting air —
confession to the night.

 

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