Projections of a Suspicious Mind
after Behind the Scenes, Pierre Dubreuil, 1902
In a half-lit backroom away from the exit a man in black Callahan coat with his back to the door hatted head slightly bowed hand in pocket urinal stance chats up the ballerina
who makes ready for the stage or has just performed and needed to clear her head on her own unable to read his face she’ll have to think straight talk her way out
he might be the cellist or the conductor telling her this was his last show he might be innocent someone’s father or husband her face appears relaxed enough
but this doesn’t look good
Martha Landman writes in South Australia and is a member of the Friendly Street Poets. Her chapbook, Between Us, was published by Ginninderra Press. She has previously contributed to Nine Muses Poetry.