Lavinia Singer

Waxworks

human likeness
cast of Adonis
unspotted, golden
so we may mould
according to pleasure
here saved
what else would
be lost, hollowed
feast for the eyes
the sweetest lies
within the strong
– look upon, ye!
brazen celebrity
hot sugar

the rays soften

feathers on waves

impressionistic 

a kind of light 

writing, real 

as a photograph

you may touch

sirens blanked

on the street 

O ambition 

flaunts this vault 

– arrested fame

something 

decomposes

the wax, its shape

these candles

wick time

ideal portraits 

turned effigies 

masks to seal 

the faces of the dead

receive, retain

forms of forms

work their way

counterfeit change

– incredible, still

to crave

a clean slate