A poem inspired by the painting, ‘The Alchemist’s Kitchen’ by Leonora Carrington.
In the Alchemist’s Kitchen
Her charged table attracts seekers toward it like a magnet pulling in iron bars. Beast-headed beings, they stand, linked by fingertips, around the lodestone’s veiled field.
Unlike the king whose corrosive touch burnt water to bullion, gold is not their goal.
This séance comes together to reverse polarities. Positioned as compass points, they drink charmed solutions from crystal goblets.
As the bewitched air transmutes to a quicksilver rose, whispering its melting secrets, the conversion is activated and these omnidirectional forces conjure up a spirit ovum.
They place this ghost-egg in parenthesis where, the words of an incantation, fluxes of winged insects, flutter about its gleaming shell.
They do not know what horror they’ve unleashed. This voodoo seed is a booby-trap! Countdown commences. As the timer’s decisive zeroes click up, the pseudoscientists scream.
Flesh melts. Bones burn to sticks of brittle charcoal, bodiless cinders, bomb-shadows.
Her calm chair repels finders away from it like an anus pushing out soft turds. Bird-footed objects, they lie, unrelated by toes, within the swab’s overt ignorance.
Like the queen whose gentle separateness froze fire to plastic, silver is their indifference.
This conversation falls apart in similar convergences. Lost as constrained antipathies, they express unlucky problems from organic ridges.
As the repellent earth maintains a constant weed, bellowing its harsh explanations, the stagnation is ceased and these subordinate weaknesses dismiss a materialistic sperm.
They jettison this human-seed in focus where, the numbers of repulsion, stabilities of crawling birds, dither within its leaden kernel.
They know what delight they’ve contained. This valid harvest is a release.
Arrival terminates. As the uncontrolled insignificant infinities rattle down, the technicians murmur.
Feathers solidify. Blood freezes to stones of robust pulp, concrete reconciliations, pillow-shimmer.