the eyes of others
unlike guilt. Eyes
of Elijah the Tishbite saw
in Jezebel a person with much
to be ashamed of. There is a link
between shame and mercy people who
lack the one lack the other. Psychoanalysts say
shame ruins your capacity for reverie by making cracks
in the mind where it is dangerous for thought to wander. In
the end Jezebel’s own eunuchs throw her off the parapet. Her blood
is on the wall and on the horses.
Stack of What Made Jezebel Jezebel
The threadlike pressure of small social conditions.
Her father his terrific purple eyebrows.
A historical mistrust felt by people in the west for
anything that comes from the east
or by people in the north for what comes from the
south and so on.
This streaming of existence within me (she said).
of small stones
Elijah’s prophecy (her blood licked by dogs) which
gold smoke (her Buick) at dawn against a frozen
The Phoenicians were a commercial people, they
weapons, ostrich eggs,
shoelaces, whistles, nuts, panthers, letters of the
They invented the alphabet.
They invented alphabetical order.
They used these inventions for commercial
vanished from history. From the Phoenicians the
added a few letters
and sat down to write the classics of Western civilisation.
Jezebel is filed between ice cream and karma.
by as if
then it starts.
We do not
of life. We
do not think
why hate Jezebel.
trees against the house.
frightening, they arrive one inside the other as torqued ellipses.