the blueberry vision was searching
for neither suffering nor pleasure,
but only pain could refill his leaking chamber.
beyond the perishing terra-cotta walls,
he found an asylum of rusty bathrooms.
his perverted madness was nullified
as he stood beneath the hypnotic shower.
the kleptomaniac flamingo embezzled
his absurd beauty.
the pickpocket giraffe pinched
his eccentric feathers.
the figure in the mirror bled
torment & dissolution.
bring out the leather restraints,
bring out Hannibal Lecter's mask,
bring out the rubber plug & fill up the tub.
Stevi-Lee Alver is an Australian writer and tattoo artist. She lives in the middle of Brazil with her wife. She loves bush walks and waterfalls but misses the ocean.
This poem is part of the drains of her mind collection.