Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Crone –2018 – oil on canvas – 30" x 24" x 1.25" (76.2cm x 60.96cm x 3.18cm)
O Roman crone! You malformed spirit,
What cycle end do you portend?
Get thee and me to witchery,
And pour a cup of this world’s end!
It’s slipping fast through gnarly digits,
Uncountable moments that give us wickets
For croquet played with soft bone rickets!
Undo your curse and stop the spin
Of repeated mistakes we indulge again
And scratch without the least of sin:
For ignoring auld lang prophesy,
We strike our mallet in hypocrisy.