Rene Magritte (Belgian: 1898-1967), Secret Life IV, 1928. Oil on canvas.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
— Robin Williams —
THE TRIPLETS PART II
This one holds in his hand a pair of tweezers
and in the tweezers a frog
and under the frog, on the table, a bottle of green soda.
Apple or watermelon.
And in the frog a school,
where dozens of little boys and girls
learn how to fly a kite and build a rocking horse
out of milk cartons
and how to push someone down a slide so forcefully
that they rocket forward at the end and fly into orbit,
spiraling ever outward into various asteroids and metal balls.
To the left of the triplet are hundreds of drawers
with materials and equipment.
I live in drawer 576.
You live in drawer 012
with your chickens and all of your crops
trying to drift away in the wind.
The triplet wears goggles that magnify
such delicate witchcraft.
And the frog’s skin bubbles and then disappears
all for the great glory of science.
chair by Boris Sipek