Kirsten Brady and Helen Lewis

Kirsten Brady
“Michelangelo’s Motor”

A Visit to the Sistine Chapel, 1511
By Helen Lewis
Inspiration piece

You’ll find my master on the scaffold there:
Flat on his back, with paint streaks in his hair.
This labour’s how he earns his daily bread;
A marriage of convenience. He’s been wed
For three long winters to this shrewish wife,
Who’s had ten thousand hours of his life.
But every dusk, as night crowds out the day,
And steals all colour, leaving dregs of grey,
He keeps a moonlit tryst with mistress stone,
The only passion that he’s ever known,
Whose skin is smooth and white, whose touch is cold.
Inspired by ageless beauty, he grows old.


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