by John J. Trause
Inspired by the painting The Piano Lesson (1916) by Henri Matisse.
is not a pretty picture:
See the violation of pink by gray by green.
The boy Pierre
peers over the piano (he really looks
like he's lying in bed
with his head
lying on his belly -
but we see this only in obscurity).
The metronome casts
its flip-flopped, flesh-colored shadow
On his right, our
(we say "peach" or "neutral" nowadays)
Across his face and head, marring him violently
(we think of baby Jessica McClure fresh from the well)
Across his forehead.
(in bed) he dreams of the giant, green obeliscal metronome,
The music rack-now-bedstead Javanesed against the background,
And his little
brown mother fingering herself in the corner
(succubating him, playing with herself), his mother,
Who stands behind him, half-mother,
Half- ("white metal") appliance,
Handling a light blue apron pee
A little candelabrum
peeps at prepubescent Liberace:
This is not a pretty
But a lesson to us all.