When a Child is Not a Child (1998)

 

When a child is not a child, collage © 1998 J. Thomson all rights reserved Here is a collage/poem piece I made in January of 1998. The pod-like structures attached to the trees relate to a mixed-media sculpture I made in 1997 out of cast glass, seed pods and other elements. It was inspired by the film Wings of Desire (1987, directed by Wim Wenders), and was meant to evoke a strange chrysallis, from which a winged spirit will emerge. Although I have no photographs, I still have this sculpture and will try to get it photographed someday.

I have often said that everyone should write poetry, but few people should read it. However, since the poem is part of this collage, here is a transcription of the poem I wrote for this piece:

When A Child Is Not A Child tweet

Sloughing around inside this loose skin tweet

I press my face close to the mask tweet

Rough edges rub my eyes and tweet

scratch my ‘lashes until they are raw. tweet

“M’upher lipf’s salfy wid sweat.” tweet

Dry leaves crunch underfoot— tweet

I stumble and skin my left kneww tweet

Sounds echo inside my over-big head tweet

I feel alone— the other voices seem far away tweet

But teh adult inside tweet

the mask— Not yet tweet

ready to emerge— tweet

comforts me: tweet

“There will be time tweet

for worry later…” tweet

This is Halloween tweet

and my bag is full… tweet

—14 January 1998 tweet


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