LADYGARDENS
Lucy Lepchani
Burning Eye
Copyright © 2013 Lucy Lepchani
The author asserts the moral right under the Copyright,
Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be ...
CONTENTS
Ladygardens 9
How To Be Desirable 10
Being Lippy 12
The Symptoms Of Sleep 14
Harpie 16
Keeping The Wolf From The ...
A Funeral Request 64
Why We Must Invest More In The Arts 66
Zen Clerihew 67
Gleaning 68
Starlight 69
LADYGARDENS
Pink butterfly nestled into roseate nectarine.
Plump white peach.
Pomegranate splitting red with ripening.
Pal...
HOW TO BE DESIRABLE
Media says that you've got to get fit,
lose a lot of weight ‒ not just a little bit,
got to get smooth...
Fix it up, hitch it up, turn yourself around again!
Needles full of fillers, botox and collagen!
Gravity will bitch it up,...
BEING LIPPY
To even speak its name mimes out a kiss:
lipstick!
This bullet stick of buttered hues
aims smooth, to sheen it...
and danger-signalled democratic mouths
with unguents of beetles blood, and red-lead,
and this same aesthetic, in waxen cos...
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  1. 1. LADYGARDENS Lucy Lepchani Burning Eye
  2. 2. Copyright © 2013 Lucy Lepchani The author asserts the moral right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of Burning Eye Books, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. This edition published by Burning Eye Books 2013 www.burningeye.co.uk @burningeye Burning Eye Books 15 West Hill, Portishead, BS20 6LG ISBN 978 1 90913 612 0 Printed in Scotland by Bell & Bain, Glasgow
  3. 3. CONTENTS Ladygardens 9 How To Be Desirable 10 Being Lippy 12 The Symptoms Of Sleep 14 Harpie 16 Keeping The Wolf From The Door 17 Epitaph For Margaret Thatcher 18 Red Thread 19 Against The Coastguard Cuts 20 Dragging The River 22 Landscapes 24 Horse Racing 25 Home Truths 27 His Story 29 On Being Wise 30 After Dinner Haiku 31 Lunacy 32 Owl 33 Encounter 34 Grandma Has Sewn Thunder 35 The Importance Of Being A Dole Scrounger 36 The Chainsaw Sculptor 38 The Blade 39 Eggs 40 Billy’s Car 41 Coming To Terms With The Work Ethic 42 Some Men Are All The Same 43 A Poet’s Manifesto 44 Mary Is A Single Mother 46 Kitchen Goddess Genesis 47 A Revelation Of Breasts 48 Relativity 49 The World Is Our Own Backyard 50 Revelation 51 Symptoms 52 Type 2 53 Gameplan 54 Jumble Sale Queen 55 Getting Over the Guilt 57 Conversation 58 Rozmowa 59 Shiva, Waking 60 Taking The Piss 61 Scar 62 A Surfer’s Sonnet 63
  4. 4. A Funeral Request 64 Why We Must Invest More In The Arts 66 Zen Clerihew 67 Gleaning 68 Starlight 69
  5. 5. LADYGARDENS Pink butterfly nestled into roseate nectarine. Plump white peach. Pomegranate splitting red with ripening. Pale peony bud, peeping petals. Double-bloomed camellia, dusky, crumpled. Intricate-lipped orchid, bee orchid countless pale-pink Phaleonopsis. Full-fleshed rose, or a butterfly rising from an opening iris. Folded, dark winged moth. Tiny, peeping, sleeping mammal. Undersea creature, coral fronds frilling. Smooth-lipped seashell. Glistening oyster open to the tide. Closed, lobed seed-pod. Over-ripe Victoria plum. Fat fig, lush with summer. Eve’s apple. Promised Land. Eden. 7
  6. 6. HOW TO BE DESIRABLE Media says that you've got to get fit, lose a lot of weight ‒ not just a little bit, got to get smooth skinned, got to get a tan, got to get fixed up if you want to get a man. Media says that you’ve got to stay young, got to get your lips plumped, eyelids done, chemical peel all wrinkles from your skin ‒ just a little bitty dimple ‒ and you’ve got to get thin. Then media says that you’ve got to get thinner, look at these celebrities, eat no dinner, got to suck the fat from your belly and your hips, stick it in your breasts and a bit into your lips. Got to get big tits, silicone discs, up a triple cup size ‒ never mind the risk , designer vaginas, tighter than a glove, got to fit right or you won’t get loved. Live the look and love the look – read the magazines, be a Facebook profile picture queen, got to get a following, got to get a plan, got to get fixed up or you won’t get a man. Media says create illusions of success, high-achieve with white teeth ‒ smile to impress! Got to get a guru, got to be beautiful, got to look natural on all things pharmaceutical. Media morons manipulate the facts, say: epilate, depilate, pluck and wax! Neaten your bikini lines, Hollywood, Brazilian! (Itching for a fortnight, then you do it all again) . 8
  7. 7. Fix it up, hitch it up, turn yourself around again! Needles full of fillers, botox and collagen! Gravity will bitch it up, got to fix it all again! Turn around and lose a pound again again again AGAIN! Get it from the clinic, get it on credit, cosmetic medics do it Direct Debit, Don’t let yourself go (someone famous said it) and don’t let others know how much of you, you have to edit. Media mocks with misogynist taboos. Older, fatter women are the losers in the news. Thinking of adventures underneath the knife? Sisters, get a grip now. Go and get a life! 9
  8. 8. BEING LIPPY To even speak its name mimes out a kiss: lipstick! This bullet stick of buttered hues aims smooth, to sheen its mysteries on lips that choose to show, not just to tell. I learned its tarty craft by mother’s side: a prim grimace of lips curled tight to teeth as she haughtily peeped in her mirror and sleeked shades of Ruby Red, Gingerbread, Summer and Plum. At my first Moon’s blood, she bestowed another gift: a twist up stick from which I could slick a lick of palest pink onto my grin! This feminine totem in chrysalis case initiated a lifelong taste for beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla, aromas of rosewater, honey and subtle vanilla, encouraging colours from Candy to Can-Can, from Cupid to Hellfire to Red Hot Mama, from Blossom Pale and now, to Autumn’s Glow. Lipstick transforms like a witches wand anoints with kisses, the loved and the blessed stains evidence on collars and undressed flesh: alchemical ally of Bible scorned Jezebel who petitioned with pigment painted lips the Great Tart Herself: Astarte, Ishtar! Libating Her Name in luscious legacy for latter-day ladies and our liberated libidos. And lipstick states sisterhood with suffragettes who reclaimed rights to scarlet women’s Harlot Red, 10
  9. 9. and danger-signalled democratic mouths with unguents of beetles blood, and red-lead, and this same aesthetic, in waxen cosmetic, unexpectedly gifted at Belsen-Bergen’s liberation, soothed those sisters' starving mouths with crimson, human, dignity. There are queens, and refugees, and all of us between who in coloured codes and gloss and gleam, choose to express the convictions contradictions and afflictions of the female sex, so that even in our silences we speak this heritage to those who would read our lips. 11

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