Summary: 
I'm submitting this poem to the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Award. The artwork I'm responding to is in a PDF on this site: http://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Things_to_do/Arts_and_culture/Awards_and_Prizes/2014_Ekphrasis_Poetry_Award

In response to “Glenda” by Hilary Jackman

 

 

Turn to the left please. Thank you.

(indeed this is a perfect specimen, such balanced features

the picture of health,   epitome of femininity

creamy complexion, hair of down

poised                       decorous                        virtuous)

 

 

 

 

                                                                                         Turn to the right please.

                                                                                                                                                               (something is amiss)

 

                                                    A brighter light please!                                    (most grotesque

                                                                             a distended wound, she sweats putrefaction

                                     look at those chunks hacked from the ear!

                                                                                                                   lack-lustre hair drifting to the floor)

 

Contaminated, I regret.