from Absolute Clarity to Relative Clarity, and Back Again

based on Polarities by Heinrich Wölfflin

She sidestroked, often,
around the flowers
of cigarette burns…
saving vertical slashes
for a very different,
substantial… Release.

Clown-smudging
blood-red lipstick,
across an OCD face
… was a
WARNING SIGN
ignored,
consciously,
no matter the ‘Lies’
and ‘Excuses’
later uttered, insincerely.

A six-sided box,
lowered
into 6ft deep hole,
after Executing,
upon sixth Attempt,
she finally Succeeded
… accepting
Story’s End as… Escape.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.