Former Child Star (Stuart Barnes)

Verity La Heightened Talk

Bell jar 2.3

after Sylvia Plath’s ‘Child’

Your half-moons are the ten absolutely fabulous things.
I want to streak them with Covergirl, Puck,
Museums of dew
Whose waves you intonate –
Grape hyacinth, tall Paperwhite,
Small, small
Reed without rimple,
Lagoons in which figures
Should fire like the maniple
Not this disgust-
Ing Oberon, this stark
Pan-Cake without sparkle.