Giacomo Mally: The Lower Half

By | 1 December 2010

(After Raphael’s ‘The Transfiguration’)

Someone shut the poor boy up! Arms flailing,
Through mouth’s conduit epilepsy’s devils
spewing freely, his eyes rolling east and west…

Via rhetorical swerve of her shoulder
A woman, ‘serpentinata’, reroutes our gaze
Past million-dollar hairdo, perfect profile

To badlands we know and dread. Stop him!
Nine disciples left a whirligig
Of gestures, for heaven’s sake make him stop…

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