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Charles Giron (1850-1914). Portrait of Jean Carries around 1880. Oil on canvas.     Date: 1875
Sculpting a mole

 

How can I let you free, dandy quarry,
your snout a star;

in my hands
you are slack, irresistible, mandibled,
lowly, costly rarity-

noonshirker, beastly sock,
wriggler, digger,
didgery-do-not-touch

part shoveller, part saviour,
aerator, blind-
architect, worrier –

warm in my palm,
you are gone,
sleuthed clean of your bindings –

 

© Sarah Westcott
Picture 10530690, portrait of the sculptor Jean Carries by Charles Giron, c.1880

 

Sarah Westcott’s pamphlet Inklings (Flipped Eye) was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2013. Her poems have been published in Poetry Review, Magma and Poetry Wales, on beermats and buses and in anthologies
including Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt).