"The many moods of Marilyn, à la Andy Warhol": a poem by John Kinsella

1.
Solemn as stony
enclaves closed with evening;
late light lingering.

2.
Your eyes adjusting
to her eyes so accustomed
to ideas of night.

3.
So! Razzle-dazzle
spotlight enfilade colour
splash in the tabloids.

4.
The sickness is more
than her publicist lets on;
she eats oranges.

5.
That guy has brought out
the devil in her – who would
have thought – that nice girl!

6.
Would Griffiths have cast
her as black or white given
a rebirthed nation?

7.
Sing Happy Birthday
Mr President and you’ll
embarrass myself?

8.
I love this goddess –
I have seen her in the fields
the wide world over.

9.
We all have off-days
when a kiss lingers longer
than a bold kisser.

10.
“Cool” requires this.
You’ve got to have starting points.
Diverse fetishes.

This article first appeared in the 02 July 2012 issue of the New Statesman, Clegg the martyr