ART - Damien Hirst
Mother and Child (Divided)
Bisected cattle. Divided
by nurture, not nature.
Fumes seep from amniotic tombs,
corrosive, curling round curiosity.
Curio cows entombed, split
and suspended like the herd
hanging speechless, tongues silenced
after lunch munching on gossip
bovine, tethered to turquoise time.
Glacial wombs separate, untouchable.
But no cow is sacred
in this slice-and-dice life
and the dismembered world
reflected in an onyx eye is unholy.
Life herded to still life, dividing Mother
and Child, womb and tomb.
No place for mother and child
in this mausoleum of macabre
where Friesians freeze in formaldehyde -
a frieze of unease, soundlessly bawling
that bonds get broken,
that life's knife dissects us all.
23 May 2017
To view Damien Hirst's work go to www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hirst-mother-and-child-divided
Copyright © Charlotte Jade Puddifoot | Year Posted 2017