Tuesday, June 24, 2014






Wasp on a Madrid Tour Bus

Through each force and bend, a wasp kept herself
rigid, perched on top of a windowless view. She

fluttered and bobbed as the bus picked up speed,
hanging on with such panache, as if giving that

look of a swan afloat. In Puerta de Sol, she looked
out on the statues of men, mimics in Pompeii mud.

Further along and still clinging, her tiny image a
spectre in the artistic scene, we passed del Prado

Museum with Hieronymus Bosch; Rubens' women
lounging in naked sangfroid, Goya's two hounds

chained at the hunt. Then for some reason wasp
sleeked her wings, left suddenly within the soft

seize of breeze, as if the day was a queue
thrusting through it. The Reiner Sofia exhibited

the genius of men, each countryman knowing the
other, Mirό's Self-Portrait II
to Picasso's Guernica.

And not quite visible, there on an outer wall, wasp
still clinging to a glassed-in lift   a small genius.

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